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Two ferociously ambitious sisters, Mary and Anne Boleyn, are rivals for the bed and heart of the 16th century English king Henry VIII.

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DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008

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  • July 11, 2013
    Excellent cast and based on a true story about two sisters who are pawned by their family into the Kings' court to bed King Henry VIII and produce a heir to the throne. The King breaks with the Catholic church when his wife, the Queen cannot give him an heir, in order to marry An... read morene Boleyn. She gives him an heir, not a son but a daughter - Elizabeth who ruled for 45 years after Henry's death. I love the costumes and drama. Great cast.
  • September 12, 2011
    I have to say I feared the worst when sitting down to this film, 2 Americans and an Australian playing huge historical English characters sounded like an awful idea. It wasn't so bad though, in fact it was perfectly adequate. Nothing special mind, there was an awful lot of the pl... read moreot missing, and years skipped by in seconds but thanks to a capable cast and some nice direction (apart from the handful of 'behind a fence/through a curtain' wobbly camera shots) it was pleasantly not horrible.
  • July 16, 2011
    Excellent period drama that tells a perfect and dead on story of Anne (Natalie Portman) & Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson) as they both seduce King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) in this dramatic & tragic film masterpiece.
  • May 1, 2011
    Stylish and well directed, superb costumes and strong performances, the movie stand out to be truly enjoyable and highly dramatic.
  • March 11, 2011
    Awfully miscast - a slim, dark, handsome Eric Bana as Henry VIII? The Boleyn sisters weren't much better with their varying accents. And the costumes were so OTT. Some nice Tudor period sets, but there's not much to recommend this movie.
  • June 3, 2010
    Wow! I never thought I could see Natalie Portman as so vicious and vindictive. She did an awesome job. Very twisted story, one I had never knew about before, but have become very intrigued to learn more. I liked it!
  • March 5, 2010
    Natalie Portman is great as Anne Boleyn, in an intruiguing story that feels like a slow-paced soap-opera more concerned about melodrama than historical accuracy.
  • November 16, 2009
    I enjoyed the movie and the book -- I tend to like those period pieces -- They could've gotten someone better for Henry, but the 2 sisters were cast perfectly -- I thought the movie was pretty faithful to the booik, and I think it moved along well -- There could've been a better ... read moretransition from being the young queen to the scaffolding, but I thought that the whole thing was a believable conjecture --
  • November 3, 2009
    I'm relatively new to these English historical dramas, but I've seen enough to know a good one after I've watched it. The Other Boleyn Girl is pretty good, but it suffers from overly simplistic and two-dimensional characters.

    Everyone in the movie seems to possess only one or t... read morewo characteristics. King Henry is lustful and easily manipulated. Anne is ambitious and vengeful. Mary is sweet and loves her family to a fault. I don't know how true the movie is to actual history, but I doubt that these people were as emotionally shallow as they seemed here.

    Scarlett and and Natalie make a good on-screen pair, and both are easy on the eyes in their period clothing. My opinion of which was the more beautiful changed from scene to scene. Check this out if you enjoy either of the actresses or you like a period drama that's not necessarily epic, but is fairly interesting.
  • March 23, 2009
    What a drag to watch three good actors have to drudge their way through this shit. I cannot wait until Bana gets his due because all he is given here is to scowl for two hours. Natalie Portman is also a very naturalistic actress, but she is cornered into a soap opera role. The sa... read moreme goes for Johansson. It just seemed like it was one of those movies they made fun of on shows like Extras. The costumes were better than the lighting. I would have loved to see this story told by a better director with the same cast.

Critic Reviews

Dave Calhoun
March 7, 2008
Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Why in the name of ermine boleros would anyone make such a dull, coy and, worst of all, pretty film about Anne Boleyn? Full Review

Richard Roeper
March 3, 2008
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

I think the performances are really good.

Claudia Puig
February 29, 2008
Claudia Puig, USA Today

[An] oversimplified, overheated mediocre melodrama. Full Review

Philip Marchand
February 29, 2008
Philip Marchand, Toronto Star

[A] vulgarized portrayal of the Tudor court. Full Review

Joshua Rothkopf
February 29, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

Overscored and lacking even the faintest realism of period, the movie still bears undeniable trash charms, if nothing near the deep satisfactions of such medieval nonsense as Beckett. Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
February 29, 2008
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

After covering much of its ground at a stylish canter, The Other Boleyn Girl finishes at a plod. Full Review

Moira MacDonald
February 29, 2008
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

The Other Boleyn Girl is an agreeable piece of filmmaking, carefully and sometimes artfully balancing solemnity with fluff. Full Review

Bruce Newman
February 29, 2008
Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News

Chadwick and Morgan have cooked up a potboiler, the sort of thing that might have been fun to watch with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as the Boleyn sisters, while Charles Laughton lasciviously eyed t... Full Review

Mick LaSalle
February 29, 2008
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

However embarrassed you might feel in the morning, this in an enjoyable movie with an entertaining angle on a hard-to-resist period of history. Full Review

Stephanie Zacharek
February 29, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek,

A genteel soap opera in which the sex and intrigue are so muted, so tasteful, that they practically blow off the screen in a scattering of dust. Full Review

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    • Katherine of Aragon: How dare you. [man shouts Katherine, Queen of England, come to court] You want me to creep away and become a nun? Well I shall not. You want me to lie before God and admit my first marriage was consummated, well it was not. You want me to retire and give up my daughter's claim as sole rightful hier to the throne, well I shall not. Not in a thousand years. Not if you rack me to within an inch of my life. I am Katherine, Queen of England. The king's one true wife and mother of the heir to the throne. Beloved of the people and beloved of a king, who you have bewitched.
    • Lady Elizabeth Boleyn: So, the Boleyn whores, two former ladies of mine. What did I do to upset you, that you should turn against me like this?
    • Anne Boleyn: You fail giving him an hier.
    • Katherine of Aragon: And that upsets you?
    • Anne Boleyn: What upsets the king, upsets me.
  • The B-shaped necklace with three pearl droplets worn by Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) in the film is also the same necklace worn in the television show "Ugly Bett".
  • In the film, Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson) is portrayed as the younger sister of Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman). However, in reality, Mary is actually older than Anne, having been born in 1499, while Anne was born around 1501-1507.

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