Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

(2018)

Bow to no one.

Saoirse Ronan is Mary Stuart in this historical drama helmed by the director of the Donmar Warehouse and penned by Beau Willimon (House of Cards).... More

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England (Margot Robbie), finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.Hide

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  • Far from a home run with some major snags including pacing and emotional detachment at the beginning of the movie, but the film still manages to resonate as a story about a woman of great power fighting to lead amongst men. Full Review

  • A 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. Full Review

  • Director Rourke exhibits confidence and enthusiasm in dealing with such juicy material in the company of her two outstanding young actresses. Full Review

  • Rourke 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. Full Review

  • Rourke'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. Full Review

  • Ronan is the monarch of the lens in this feisty, feminist royal biopic, which favours queenly clashes over battlefield action. Full Review

  • Rourke'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. Full Review

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