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The Other Boleyn Girl

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lush historical drama is engrossing but mature.

Movie PG-13 2008 114 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+


This movie should not have been rated pg-13 it should have been rated R. The movie description explains the movie as two sisters in love with the king. It did not give way to the dark and twisted turns the movie would take. If it had, I would not have watched it. As an adult I was both traumatized and shocked by the rape and incest scenes. Not to mention the numerous sex and graphic miscarriage scenes. This movie is not suitable for kids period and not suitable for adults either.
age 14+

Skip this one, see the Tudors instead

This movie was disappointing overall, despite having some very talented actors involved. The biggest problem stemmed from the fact that movies can only be a certain length, and some stories just can't be told in such a short time. If you want to see the the story of Anne, Mary and Henry VIII in detail, I would recommend the Tudors series from showtime. Although this film was good in spots, in just felt rushed and I didn't have time to care about the characters. Natalie Portman makes an excellent Anne Boleyn, but Eric Bana just didn't cut it as Henry VIII. My advice, skip this movie and see the Tudors instead.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (13 ):

A lushly photographed, beautifully costumed feast for the eyes, The Other Boleyn Girl reveals the machinations of power-hungry men and women in the Tudor court. (It's a popular subject; Showtime has dedicated an entire TV series to it.). The cast is superb, the set design exact. Still, history buffs are bound to wince at the liberties the film takes with the facts, as well as how it speeds through huge swaths of time (the first half-hour feels particularly herky-jerky). And though screenwriter Peter Morgan's script bears the mark of a true professional -- he also wrote Helen Mirren's The Queen -- the dialogue is burdened in spots by too much explication.

But despite its flaws, the film resonates, thanks to its stars. Johansson one-ups her performance in Girl with a Pearl Earring, which proved she had a face for period pieces, and turns in a surprisingly nuanced performance. And Portman proves she's not just a good girl by attacking her villainess role in earnest; she's conniving, manipulative, and dedicated to ambition at any cost. But in the end, she's all too human, especially when her happiness is denied just as easily as the king's is indulged.

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