Parents' Guide to

Catherine the Great

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Flat biopic has violence, innuendo, nudity.

TV HBO Drama 2019
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The dramatic biopic of one of Russia's greatest historical figures offers lots of richly detailed sets and costumes. But despite the visual splendor, Catherine The Great fails to deliver an authentic narrative. Helen Mirren's powerful performance, which underscores the challenges the Empress faced both as a powerful political figure and as a woman who does not embody patriarchal ideals, manages to keep the story going. But there is a lack of chemistry among the cast, which makes it hard to invest in the characters and commit to the overall series. Those who like historical dramas may find it entertaining enough to watch, but it just doesn't rise to a royal occasion.

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