The Other Boleyn Girl

The only thing that could come between these sisters... is a kingdom.


The Other Boleyn Girl
Hollywood rolls out a somewhat-soapopera version of a tragic bit of English history. The film focuses on the rivalry between two sisters for the love, and bed, or King Henry 8th, who was already married at the time. In fact, so too were the girls, but these things can be dealt with. The king was desperate for a male heir, which not only led him to split the country and start a new church, but also drive an axe between two loving sisters.

114 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Sex, Violence).
Drama, Romance, Female interest, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, David mossissey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Oliver Coleman
Director
Justin Chadwick
ScreenplayPeter Morgan, from the novel by Philippa Gregory
MusicPaul Cantelon
CinematographyKieran McGuigan
EditingPaul Knight, Carol Littleton
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SA distributorSter-Kinekor
Made in2008
Produced byBBC Films, Focus Features, Relativity Media, Ruby Films, Scott Rudin Productions

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageMild and infrequent
NudityNone
SexStrongly implied, fairly frequent
ViolenceVery strongly implied, moderate frequency
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThemes here of incest, rape, adultery and rampant greed make this story unsuitable for younger viewers. The historical theme forms a base, but there are characters and tthemes that have been added to this movie to pad it out. It's a tragic story.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
3
Guns / Weapons
4
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
3
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Lara de Matos
10
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
10
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
5
iAfrica.com
Rebekah Kendal quote iconBana broods and strides while Portman and Johansson take turns being the other Boleyn girl. Stuff history, this is a period soap opera, which males will endure because of the irresistible appeal of the Johansson/Portman combo.
10
The Citizen
Annette Bayne
16
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
BBC
Paul Arendt quote iconRavishing frocks and heaving bosoms are the main constituents of The Other Boleyn Girl, an entertaining bodice ripper lightly disguised as historical fiction.
15
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconThe result is an entertainingly sudsy trip through early 16th century English history.
15
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconWhat works is the combustible teaming of Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, who give the Boleyn hotties a tough core of intelligence and wit, swinging the film's sixteenth-century protofeminist issues handily into this one.
13
ScreenIt
quote iconThe melodrama takes over to the point that one is also likely to imagine the familiar strains of most any afternoon soap opera score playing somewhere in the background of royal 16th century England.
8
Metacritic.com
34 critics
10
Rottentomatoes critics
121 critics
10
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconPlays more like a soap opera than a historical drama.
8

What the People say

Internet
5513 Netizens quote iconImpressed
14

Average .. 55%

11

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