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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Movie Information

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Justin Chadwick


Natalie Portman
Scarlett Johansson
Eric Bana
Jim Sturgess
Kristin Scott Thomas
Mark Rylance





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Two sisters, Anne (Natalie Portman) and Mary (Scarlett Johansson) Boleyn, are driven by their ambitious father and uncle to advance the family’s power and status by courting the affections of the king of England (Eric Bana). The girls are thrust into the dangerous and thrilling world that develops into a ruthless rivalry between Anne and Mary for the love of the king. Initially, Mary wins King Henry’s favor and becomes his mistress, bearing him an illegitimate child. But Anne, clever, conniving, and fearless, edges aside both her sister and Henry’s wife, Queen Katherine of Aragon, in her relentless pursuit of the king.

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lpd381 12/31/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The simple fact of the matter is you can not take a 350 page book and make it into a 1 and a half hour movie without it feeling rushed. This movie falls victim to this very thing. The first half of the movie tries to cover way to much ground in to little time. The other problem is this story is very sex laced. But in an effort to be open to a wider audience they made this movie a PG13 when it should have been R. Over all not a horrible movie, the acting was good and the settings were great but they jumped over important parts and the continuity was confusing and rushed. It's sad that such a good book fell short on the big screen.

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Wannabeusmc_2007 05/05/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I really enjoyed this movie....although scarlett johansson has had the tendency to annoy me in all of her films but besides that I thought it was entertaining.

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A waste of Natalie Portman in my opinion. A few moments of decent acting from other cast members (though I could be biased as I care very little for Johansson, & have a crush on Portman.) As far as the story, I found that my mind wandered & I grew eager to watch something else.

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09/14/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Other Boleyn Girl" by Yojimbo

Two sisters share a love triangle with King Henry VIII when their ambitious family present them in their attempts to curry favour and increase their standing. The Other Boleyn Girl falls squarely into the trap that is so common to the adaptation of a historical novel; it creates a sensuous world of attractive actors dressed in attractive costumes, populating attractive sets and attractive locations shot through attractive filters, all the while forgetting to include a script with any depth, sophistication or engaging characters. There is clearly a wealth of material in the tale of Henry and his wives, the obvious meat of the story here being the role of women as pawns, honey traps and breeding machines for the use of patriarchal society. But all of this gets skimmed over like a Cliff Note...

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08/12/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


I didn’t know what to expect coming into this film. I heard from a friend that there were a lot of drama here so I decided to rent it. Plus, the trailers looked very promising. I’ve always wanted to see Scarlett Johansson go head-to-head with Natalie Portman because I see a lot of similarities with both actresses. Both of them delivered even though their characters are two polar opposites. I heard that the story is not necessarily accurate but I didn’t care because it was entertaining. It’s like watching a season finale of “One Tree Hill,” “The O.C.” or “Gossip Girl” when things are revealed in very dramatic ways and the characters (both good and bad) ultimately deserve what they get. I must commend Portman for being deliciously evil here because I’ve always seen her as a nice leading lad...

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05/22/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

good story, mediocre story-telling

The Other Boleyn Girl is a period piece to say the very least. It flaunts the decor of both scenery and characters every chance it gets. The concepts and character choices may seem ridiculous now, but during this era, they were very relevant. There is pretty good acting here, especially from Portman and Sturgess. It is an excellent story, that can be brutal, heartful, and hard to watch. That is where the film fails. The problem is not in the story, but in the direction. The story-telling is choppy, with some unconvincing plot devices. For example, less than half-way into the two-hour film, Portman's character Anne, is banished to France for an indefinite amount of time. Months apparently pass by in maybe 5 minutes, without any visual displays of time, then Anne is brought back home, a cha...

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