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Grace of Monaco panned at Cannes

Grace of Monaco

Story by Jack Foley

GRACE Of Monaco has been panned by critics at Cannes.

The film, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, focuses on her early years as a princess when she was tempted to return to Hollywood by acclaimed film director Alfred Hitchcock. Directed by Olivier Dahan, it also stars Tim Roth and Frank Langella.

But after it received its press screening ahead of opening this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the biopic was lambasted by an unsatisfied media.

Stephen Dalton, of The Hollywood Reporter, labelled the film “a stiff, stagey, thuddingly earnest affair which has generated far more drama off screen than on”, adding: “Is it even possible to make a boring film out of this rich, juicy, gossipy material? It would seem so.”

The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw, meanwhile, lamented: “It’s traditional for Cannes to start with something spectacular. This is certainly no exception. It is a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire-risk.”

Worse, his review adds: “Naomi Watts set the bar high with last year’s Princess-Di disaster. But Nicole Kidman has outdone her: this Grace Kelly film, which kicks off Cannes 2014, is a breathtaking catastrophe.”

And Screen Daily’s Fionnuala Halligan described the film as “puzzlingly misjudged… a minor royal Euro-pudding which lands awkwardly in sub-Roman Holiday territory”.

She adds: “As Grace Kelly, the retired Hollywood movie star struggling to find meaning in her life as Monaco’s monarch, Kidman valiantly strains for the right notes. But the project… seems a poor judgment call, despite the presence of La Vie en Rose‘s Dahan at the helm.”

Finally, Empire’s Phil de Semlyen wrote: “It’s an easy watch, lush, stylish… and is often side-splittingly funny… The trouble is, it’s not actually meant to be a comedy.”

The film has already drawn criticism from the royal family of Monaco, with Princess Stephanie of Monaco calling the film about her parents inaccurate.

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