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on 8 August 2012
This film didn't meet expectations. The main problem was that I felt that the lead role was miscast from a physical perspective (Princess Margaret was a tiny woman, a noted beauty, known for her wonderful eyes and flawless skin) and the actress failed to nail the aristocratic accent. She had the air of a 21st century provincial solicitor who'd got dressed in
a hurry.

Some of the "dramatic" scenes were rather absurd (Tony's scuffle with the butler for example). The viewer is warned at the beginning that elements of the production are not based on truth; this was perfectly
clear in places! Dramatic licence is fine, but a hint of realism needs to prevail.

The supporting cast was strong, with the possible exception of the hammed-up Prince Philip, and I enjoyed the interventions of Willie Hamilton, the left-wing, anti-monarchy MP. Hence 2 stars rather than 1.
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The Royal Princess, Margaret, and her life is told in film, following her from a young woman whose father, the King just died to 20 years in the future. Margaret was always following her famous sister, and she always had a complex. Margaret's financial assets were controlled by the Queen. The Queen rarely talked to her,all messages were given in person by Prince Phillip.

Margaret as a young woman fell in love with pilot, Peter Townsend, however he had been married previously, and this was not acceptable to the Church of England. If Margaret married outside of the church, she would be cut off from the palace, and all financial resources would be cut off. Margaret knew what she had to do. A few years later, Margaret met photographer, Antony Armstrong Jones. Tony had no idea what he was getting into. The marriage was accepted by the Royals, but after a couple of years with both sides having affairs, a divorce was granted. Margaret then went on to wild parties, escapades and alcohol and drugs. Tony and Margaret had two children, and their lives must have been difficult.

Margaret had a difficult life, but she had all the money she needed. What she did not have was a goal in life, something to do with her time. She was listless, and went out at night to clubs and events. It is sad, considering what she could have done with her life. The actress Lucy Cohu does an admirable job as Margaret, aging 20'years, make-up is very well done. The other actors were superb, particularly Prince Phillip. A sad story, little girl lost.

Recommended. prisrob 02-18-16
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on 13 October 2011
Acquired DVD out of curiousity. Read the US reviews which were not very supportive. Watched the DVD and found that the acting was very, very good - love Toby Stevens! But the portrayal of Princess Margaret was uncomfortable. The lasting impression is that she was highly tempermental - exploitive - spoiled - excessive - name it and she earns it in the storyline. After watching it, I really have no idea as to what to believe.

I agree with one other reviewer regarding the disclaimers from the producers. So, why portray Princess Margaret so viciously if it isn't accurate - and - what, exactly is not accurate - which leads to question, what is accurate. Very curious.

The selected short on George IV and his Queen was very interesting and fully supports the dislike of this monarch by the British people. What a wastrel!
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VINE VOICEon 22 May 2008
The Queen's Sister is a 2005 semi-fictional drama about Princess Margaret first aired on Channel 4. The story follows Margaret from 1952, when her father King George VI dies, to the mid-1970's and takes a lusty three-decade journey through the life of England's original paparazzi-plagued princess. The Queen's Sister begins with the disclaimer that some of the following is based on fact. And some isn't. Excatly, one might like to add.

Since Princess Margaret's death a proper biography on this princess of contradictions needs to be written, this movie defenitely is not the last word on the Princess either. It only shows the fall of the famed beauty to an alcoholic and depressive woman who fades from the limelight and into unhappiness.So who love to see and/or read about royalty only in terms of an idelic protrail will be disappointed as this is not just about diamands and tiaras but as well about drug and alcohol abuse. For those you take anyway a more realistic approach the movie seems to be to unbalanced. So, this is rather disappointing.

However, it is still worthwhile watching: this is due to actress Lucy Cohu as Princess Margaret. She does deliver a regal, rollicking performance in the title role. Cohu's performance just makes it all worth watching.

However, it would be too much of a stretch to call this movie great.
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on 19 January 2013
This is a funny film. After watching it I wasn't sure whether I really liked it or not. There was something slightly unsatisfying about it and for the viewer the lines between what was fact and what was artistic license seemed blurred but not in a comfortable way. However, Lucy Cohu was as always great and gave a good perfomance as Princess Margaret. I would recommend this film, it does keep you watching until the end.
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on 20 September 2013
I wish the writers & Channel 4 bosses could have been a little braver with this. There's the usual waiver at the start, suggesting that the story is fictionalised. I suspect it's mainly true and that much more has been omitted for legal reasons. The direction is good, as is the acting. It just leaves you feeling what you've watched was only half-baked.
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on 14 September 2012
Despite the bad comments about this movie, it is always endearing to watch a member of a royal family breaking the moral rules of monarchy. Not to mention the nostalgic environment of the 60's and 70's. We need more royal members like Princess Margaret. I really enjoyed the movie.
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on 25 April 2015
The packaging was not ok...it was open at both ends, so anybody could easily have removed a movie or two along the way!! There should have been tape or a string around it to hold it together. But the movie was great, as expected!
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on 27 August 2015
Was very interesting, knew she had affairs but did'nt realise quite how naughty she was. Must be very differcult for her sister The Queen, glad we have seen it and to have for our collection. We love everything Royal.
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on 23 August 2014
I did not enjoy this film and am at a loss as to what the film makers were trying to achieve. Toby Stephens as Lord Snowden was sublime and whilst the rest were so so the overall view of the film was why did they bother making?
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