Mary Queen of Scots

Release Date: December 7th, 2018

R |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her sister in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston

Director: Josie Rourke

Genres: Biography , Historical drama

Production Co: Perfect World Pictures, Focus Features, Working Title Films, Universal Pictures, Les Films Séville

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: France , Friend , Intense , Tense , Gripping , Husband , Transformation , Quest , Rivalry , England , Brash ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Director Rourke exhibits confidence and enthusiasm in dealing with such juicy material in the company of her two outstanding young actresses. show more

  • 70
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are both superb in muted performances and, while the film’s palace intrigue gets a bit dense, the story never loses sight of its deep compassion for these characters and their shared plight of being held hostage by conniving, belittling, power-hungry men determined to usurp their authority. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    What’s mysterious about this film is why, with so much on its mind and such gifted stars to express it, the drama should be so unaffecting — even when the two women finally meet, as they neglected to do in the less shapely drama of real life. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2019)