I have viewed this film three times since I first saw it during its debut at the theaters. The film is plagued with numerous inaccuracies which is a puzzle to me.
Anyone that has read the history of Elizabeth R understands that there was enough political intrigue, religious zealots, overall soap opera drama to just tell the story accurately.
In my first viewing I was so upset over the historical misrepresentations that I could not enjoy the film. Fortunately I decided to come back and view it again.
The acting is superb. Cate's interpetation of Elizabeth is not as good as Glenda Jackson's performance in the PBS production of Elizabeth R, but it is refreshing and interesting. The supporting cast is excellent too.
This film is worth watching even with its historical inaccuracies.