Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth" (1998) Judi Dench, "Shakespeare in Love" (1998) Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007) The winner: When you're trading in melodrama, there's a fine line between electricity and just plain nuttiness. Case in point: Blanchett's two Elizabeth's, separated by nearly a decade and a chasm in terms of critical acclaim. Meanwhile, the droll Dench appears in just eight minutes of "Shakespeare" but commands every inch of the screen during those brief scenes. Blanchett's great, but her two movies cancel each other out, don't they?
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