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11/22/2018 by Joshua Rothkopf...visually dull and intriguing in only the most generic sense, but still a showcase for the twin talents of Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
11/16/2018 by David EhrlichAn epic look at the intimate frustrations of two massively powerful young women who spend most of their energy navigating between who they are and what they represent.
11/16/2018 by Peter DebrugeRourke's film feels well suited to the #MeToo moment, contrasting Mary and Elizabeth's far different strategies for maintaining what each believed to be her God-given legacy.
11/16/2018 by Todd McCarthyDirector Rourke exhibits confidence and enthusiasm in dealing with such juicy material in the company of her two outstanding young actresses.
11/16/2018 by Yolanda MachadoAcknowledges both the struggles of women and the fact that people of color have always been part of society, even during the Renaissance and Age of Discovery.
Den of Geek
11/27/2018 by David CrowMary Queen of Scots is a film that will always gild the lily, which proves fatal since it's seemingly set in a garden of them.
11/27/2018 by Fred TopelIt's basically House of Cards for royal politics. You get to watch two smart and savvy women make political maneuvers.
11/21/2018 by Kristen LopezMary Queen of Scots does a decent job of laying out the foundations of Mary Stuart's importance, even if it often feels like it's leapfrogging through history.
11/21/2018 by Clayton DavisIn a wicked display of tension and percolating drama, Josie Rourke's smartly effective and intoxicating "Mary Queen of Scots" showcases two grandiose performances from Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
11/20/2018 by Kate StablesRonan is the monarch of the lens in this feisty, feminist royal biopic, which favours queenly clashes over battlefield action.
Big Apple Reviews
11/20/2018 by Harvey S. KartenHistory never fails to repeat itself. The factional fighting in colorfully picturesque Sixteenth Century England is mirrored today in the grayer environment of the U.S.
11/17/2018 by Erik AndersonAt the center [of Mary Queen of Scots] are fiery women fighting for their rightful place, queer representation and diverse casting that elevate this period drama and raises the bar for future ones.
11/16/2018 by Anne CohenThe historical accuracy of the action feels less important than the overall statement the film makes on women and power: Much has changed in the last 431 years, but not nearly enough.
11/16/2018 by Kevin MaherRourke's greatest achievement is the performances she's coaxed out of her two lead actresses. They're so good they're like De Niro and Pacino in Heat.
11/16/2018 by Tim GriersonAlthough the film's palace intrigue gets a bit dense, the story never loses sight of its compassion for these characters and their shared plight of being held hostage by conniving, belittling, power-hungry men determined to usurp their authority.
11/16/2018 by Kimber MyersMary Queen of Scots is no staid, stuffy period drama, as restrained as the breathing of corseted women. Instead, this a vital film, whose lace-trimmed bosom heaves with life.
11/16/2018 by J. Don BirnamIn telling the story of Elizabeth's ill-fated cousin, Mary Queen of Scots sheds the bonds of the old costume drama by adding a modernist/feminist twist into the mix. Features outstanding work by Margot Robbie.
Daily Telegraph (UK)
11/16/2018 by Robbie Collin[A] lush and ravishing period piece...
11/16/2018 by Helen O'HaraA history lesson with more fire in the belly than most. It turns out that a feminist angle really can revive the same old Tudor psychodramas, thanks in large part to Ronan and Robbie's authoritative performance.
11/16/2018 by Benjamin LeeRourke and Willimon have crafted a juicy, darkly compelling drama that offers a sleek alternative to what's come before. It's hardly revolutionary or particularly revisionist but there's enough here to make it feel like a worthy endeavour nonetheless.
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