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Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
Drama - This historical drama is a major showcase for star Saoirse Ronan as
the title character. Margot Robbie has a much smaller role.
Violence and sexual content, including some gay themes, make the film
not for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 miscellaneous profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with some nudity; gay kisses. VIOLENCE: Hits, stabbings, strangulations with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol. ACTION: War combat and a fire. COMEDY: None.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average The movie becomes a story of two leaders bound by sovereign duty, hindered by their gender, pitted against one another for the crown and want of children. It doesn't always work, but the film makes for an entertaining argument to reevaluate the legacy of Mary Queen of Scots...
Slant MagazineFull Review Average The film simply never takes the time to flesh out any of its male characters or the historical background upon which all their deceitful maneuvers take place. So, as effective as Rourke is at exposing the emotional and physical toll of reigning as queen when exploring Mary and Elizabeth's relationship, her portrait of an endless string of betrayals ends up as simply faceless and impersonal.
The GuardianFull Review Good Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie earn all the bows and curtsies coming their way for breathing feminist fire into Mary Queen of Scots, a 16th-century drama that messes just enough with recorded fact to avoid being dismissed as textbook-stuffy.
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