'Grace of Monaco,' Biopic Starring Nicole Kidman, Panned at Cannes

Image: 'Grace of Monaco,' Biopic Starring Nicole Kidman, Panned at Cannes Paz Vega, Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth and director Olivier Dahan attend the Opening ceremony and the 'Grace of Monaco' Premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.

Friday, 16 May 2014 12:52 PM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
"Grace of Monaco," the Grace Kelly biopic starring Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, got pummeled with terrible reviews at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

The movie, which premiered Wednesday, chronicles the life of Kelly, the actress-turned-princess who, at 26, left Hollywood and married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956.

Many critics felt the problem with "Grace of Monaco" lay with Kidman, who Variety's Scott Foundas said never seemed quite comfortable in the titular role.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"[Kidman] never appears to fully connect with the character, delivering a series of doleful little-girl-lost poses — and, later, pantomimed iron-jawed determination — while decked out by Dahan and costume designer Gigi Lepage in a parade of suitably eye-popping wide-brimmed hats, gold-lame gowns and shimmering Cartier diamonds," he wrote.

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw compared "Grace of Monaco" to the widely panned Princess Diana biopic.

"It doesn't seem that long since we endured a horrendous biopic of Princess Diana, that other super-rich blonde pasionaria — played by Naomi Watts," he wrote. "As audiences reeled into the foyer after that, they comforted themselves with the thought that surely things couldn't get worse. Surely they wouldn't be forced to endure another badly acted, badly directed film about a wealthy and self-pitying royal? How very wrong."

The movie didn’t just draw scorn among critics. Time magazine reported that Monaco's monarch Prince Albert also didn’t like the film.

"To Albert, 'Grace of Monaco' is a slur on his parents, Prince Rainier III and the former Grace Kelly, played in the film by Tim Roth and Nicole Kidman," Time's Richard Corliss wrote.

For her part, Kidman defended the film and called the critics' and royals' reactions "awkward," Agence France-Presse reported.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Chinese Coal Mine Fire Follows Earthquake, Killing Dozens

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 10:22 AM

At least two dozen workers have been killed and 52 injured in a coal mine fire that followed a shallow 1.6 magnitude ear . . .

Billy Joel, Barack Obama Snuck Out for a Smoke at White House?

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 09:54 AM

Billy Joel, who has been trying to quit smoking, turned down a cigarette from House Speaker John Boehner on a recent tri . . .

'Burn This Bitch Down,' Shouted Brown's Stepfather Before Riot

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 09:05 AM

The words of Michael Brown's stepfather caught on a riot-night video – "burn this bitch down" – are being viewed as help . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved