The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)



Critic Consensus: Though it features some extravagant and entertaining moments, The Other Boleyn Girl feels more like a soap opera than historical drama.

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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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Eric Bana
as Henry Tudor
Natalie Portman
as Anne Boleyn
Scarlett Johansson
as Mary Boleyn
Jim Sturgess
as George Boleyn
Mark Rylance
as Sir Thomas Boleyn
David Morrissey
as Thomas Howard
Benedict Cumberbatch
as William Carey
Ana Torrent
as Katherine of Aragon
Oliver Coleman
as Henry Percy
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Lady Elizabeth Boleyn
Eddie Redmayne
as William Stafford
Thom Cox
as Rider
Juno Temple
as Jane Parker
Michael Smiley
as Physician
Iain Mitchell
as Thomas Cromwell
Montserrat Roig de Puig
as Lady in Waiting
Andrew Garfield
as Francis Weston
Corinne Galloway
as Jane Seymour
Tiffany Freisberg
as Mary Talbot
Alfie Allen
as King's Messenger
Joseph Moore
as Young Henry
Tiffany Friesberg
as Mary Talbot
Bill Wallis
as Archbishop Cranmer
Brodie Judge
as Young Catherine
Oscar Negus
as Little Henry
Maisie Smith
as Young Elizabeth
Kizzy Fassett
as Young Mary
Finton Reilly
as Young George
Poppy Hurst
as Little Catherine
Constance Stride
as Mary Tudor
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Critic Reviews for The Other Boleyn Girl

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (53)

A hoot.

April 9, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is cliché heaped on cliché and hopelessly artificial.

August 22, 2018 | Full Review…

... loses steam when the catfighting abruptly gives way to grim realpolitik.

January 31, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If the late Aaron Spelling had lived long enough to produce Showtime's The Tudors, the result might have been something like The Other Boleyn Girl...

May 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is absurd yet enjoyable, and playing fast and loose with English history is a refreshing alternative to slow and tight solemnity; the effect is genial, even mildly subversive.

March 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately we are meant to eat chocolates, admire their trembling lower lips, and choose sides.

March 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Other Boleyn Girl

Natalie Portman is great, and in fact the only one who stands out from the cast, but even though mildly intriguing, it is too bad that this period drama feels like a slow-paced soap opera more concerned about melodrama than historical accuracy.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 Anne 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.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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