Alex Bailey
Loren Lankford
June 06, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Other Boleyn Girl

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
115 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/29/08
performer
Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Eric Bana
director
Justin Chadwick
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Peter Morgan
genre
Historical, Drama

We gave it a B+

Adapted from Philippa Gregory’s weighty 672-page novel, the bodice-ripping movie The Other Boleyn Girl wisely boils the drama down to the sordid battle between demure Mary (Scarlett Johansson) and her dynamo sister Anne (Natalie Portman) for the love of the king (Eric Bana). Lushly shot amid elaborate sets, Boleyn may not be high art — but it never tries to be. EXTRAS A standard commentary with director Justin Chadwick, but nary a peep from the starry cast. The real gem is the generous set of 12 extended/deleted scenes, which fill in many of the film’s emotional gaps. B+

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