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Mary Queen of Scots Rated 15

Mary Queen of Scots

Dir. Josie Rourke. UK, 2018. 2h 4m. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant, Jack Lowden, Gemma Chan, Guy Pearce.

Queen of France at sixteen and widowed at eighteen, Mary Stuart returns to her native Scotland and asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Queen Elizabeth's sovereignty. Screenwriter Beau Willimon (House of Cards) brings his brand of murky political scheming to this slickly entertaining historical drama.

‘Rourke and Willimon have crafted a juicy, darkly compelling drama that offers a sleek alternative to what's come before’ ★★★★ Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

‘Rourke's greatest achievement is the performances she's coaxed out of her two lead actresses. They're so good they're like De Niro and Pacino in Heat.’ ★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times