The Young Victoria

 
Queen's biopic is more tender romance than historical saga.
  • Review Date: December 13, 2009
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Victoria grapples with the responsibilities of the monarchy but rises to the occasion beautifully. Though she makes mistakes, she comes away from them wiser and better able to rule. The movie also makes it clear that power isn’t all that matters -- love does, too.

Positive role models

Victoria is a strong-willed woman who manages to stand up against detractors and those who aim to take advantage of her youth. But she also has a stubborn streak that, at points, nearly compromises important relationships. Still, she’s able to learn from her mistakes.

Violence

A man shoots at the royal couple. Crowds protest. Politicians debate loudly.

Sex

Couples flirt and, later, when finally married, kiss.

Language

Nothing stronger than "damn."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking and smoking in social situations.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this period biopic about England's beloved Queen Victoria isn’t just the story of a legendary monarch -- it's also a love story about the loving, committed relationship between Victoria and her husband. But despite that -- and the movie's tame PG rating -- kids and tweens probably won't be drawn in by the characters' political machinations, particularly in the movie's first half. Families who do watch won't find too much content to object to -- there's one scene that involves shooting, as well as some flirting and kissing, but no nudity or strong language.

What's the story?

Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) is often best remembered as a long-time ruler bedecked in black, forever grieving her beloved husband, Prince Albert (Rupert Friend), who died decades before she did. Before all of that, however, she was an overprotected young girl -- she wasn’t even allowed to walk up and down stairs on her own -- fending off her mother’s (Miranda Richardson) efforts to establish regency and share her reign. THE YOUNG VICTORIA recounts the legendary monarch's rise to power and, once there, how she grew to embrace her position -- both alone and with kind, idealistic Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg by her side.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fascinating? Sure. For starters, we’ve never seen Queen Victoria quite like this before: a flirty coquette deeply determined to learn how to rule and years away from mourning. And the circumstances behind her ascendance to the throne are intriguing. Blunt’s performance is steeped in wit and whimsy, saving it from the stuffiness that sometimes grips dramas about historical figures. (Though only just: Some moments play like British History 101, stringing important royal milestones together to speed the story along.)

But as intriguing as its subject may be, The Young Victoria really ought to be re-titled The Young Victoria and Albert. Though the movie delves into politics, it’s really more of a sweet romance chronicling how the two met and fell madly in love. The times may have been Victorian, but the marriage was quite modern: Victoria and Albert worked in tandem and strove to bring out the best in each other. It’s wonderful to witness, but in the end, the audience is left with the feeling of having watched two different movies: a historical drama in the first half, a youthful romance in the other. Instructive as the former may be (despite moments that suffer from slack pacing), the latter is far more bewitching.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Victoria adjusts to her new role as queen. Does she handle it gracefully? Does her youth get in the way? What, ultimately, gives her the confidence to rule?

  • Is Victoria a strong role model? How does she compare to other movie and TV potrayals of famous queens?

  • Why does Victoria resist Albert at first? And when they're finally married, why does she still fend off his offers to help? What is she trying to prove?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 18, 2009
DVD release date:April 20, 2010
Cast:Emily Blunt, Paul Bettany, Rupert Friend
Director:Jean-Marc Vallee
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Drama
Topics:Princesses and fairies, History
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild sensuality, a scene of violence, and brief incidental language

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Parent of an infant and 8 year old Written bySteffauri516 February 24, 2011
age 11+
 

Splendid film, for older children and teens

Loved this movie, opulent, well scripted, and lush. Unfortunately it will have to be off for my children, for the time being. My daughter is 8 and my son is 9 months old. While I loved this movie, there are some things that just aren't appropriate for children as young as mine; there is some swearing, but nothing stronger than h**l or d**n, and there is a scene where a sniper shoots at Victoria and Albert, when he's carried back to the palace there is a quick but noticeable scene of him and his injury (there is blood) The role models are decent, though. Victoria is a strong willed and hopeful person who demonstrates that hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity pay off in the end. I would rate this movie on for ages 11-12 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Educator and Parent Written byNast101 June 7, 2015
age 12+
 

I loved it!

Really good movie with gorgeous scenery and Cinematography! Even though its a period drama it also has a powerful love story behind it as well which has universal themes to it such as "sacrifice" and "honor." I think most people would enjoy it but younger children and adults may not be into all the politics. No sex, no profanity, and a lot of courage!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old June 20, 2014
age 11+
 

A good movie.

This movie was good not great mind you. I saw this movie when I was 9 years old and to say the lest I fell in love with it. Violence- There a shooting. Price Albert takes a bullet in his shoulder for his pregnant wife. His arm is seen covered in blood and a scream is heard. Romaine- Kissing and the like. They are seen undressing the other but only get down to a few buttons. Other then that it is a good movie for those kids that like history like myself.

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