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  1. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film Mary, Queen of Scots

  2. Thomas's rating of the film Mary, Queen of Scots

    A tragic story from a turbulent period of history. Despite some effective production choices it doesn't quite maintain the interest or pace. Camille Rutherford's performance saves it from being an otherwise overlong, stodgy film.

  3. Wen's rating of the film Mary, Queen of Scots

    Love the cinematography, wardrobe, sound production, and all the interesting little details: puppet plays, maids dancing with lighted torches for wedding & her majesty taking a peek while leak. The storyline and characters are engaging, however the Mary (according to this movie) is not prepared to be a queen.

  4. raggiodisole's rating of the film Mary, Queen of Scots

    Bit of a mixed bag. Lead character never convinced, but brother memorably sneery, turgid historical drama in places, in others the drama snared and snarled. The epistolary basis of the film gave it some foundation, but it all slipped into vagueness at the end. Fitting, perhaps.

  5. Draughtsman Without Contract's rating of the film Mary, Queen of Scots

    Something of a revelation. I admit to having very low expectations but this far exceeded them. Camille Rutherford is quite wonderful in what is largely a claustrophobic domestic drama framed by mud and mist. The version of Dylan's 'Changing of the Guards' that is sung over the credits is a wonder in itself.

  6. Ursula Bree's rating of the film Mary, Queen of Scots

    Poignant, intense...sorrow and solitude on the way of the one who wants peace in a time of war.

  7. PFL's rating of the film Mary, Queen of Scots

    Imbach's stately film represents a refreshingly raw approach to period drama. The handling of some of the picture's more conventional elements feels a little awkward at times, but its nightmarish episodes of juddering camera-work, hushed voiceovers and use of Gubaidulina's marvellous music result in some exhilarating moments. Also pleasing is the attention paid to quirky historical details.

  8. alimcintyre's rating of the film Mary, Queen of Scots

    A reasonable attempt to portray a turbulent period of English and Scottish history but it missed the mark for me. Camille Rutherford's performance saved the day.

  9. aether's rating of the film Mary, Queen of Scots

    (vaguely moody, thoroughly unsatisfying. 'poetic' moments are hollow and/or forced. re. atonal score: nice try, but not quite).

  10. spiderliliez's rating of the film Mary, Queen of Scots

    What a pitiful experience for a young queen who longs for identity, acceptance, and love. It's hard not to be curious of her tumultuous life. Camille Rutherford portrays Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland, ambitious, yet vulnerable. Director Thomas Imbach uses narrations, and random commentaries (note the puppets). The one rant I have, would be Sean Biggerstaff’s performance, it’s appalling!