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Grace of Monaco (PG)

Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

The critical consensus

Simplistic and heavy-handed, this glamorous biopic of former actress Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) is riddled with clumsy dialogue (“real love is obligation”, offers Frank Langella’s kindly priest) and unintentionally funny moments.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 30/05/2014

More high camp than High Society, Dahan’s hilariously ham-fisted biopic seeks high-stakes operatic thrills, but provides shrill melodramatic spills.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Kate Stables, Total Film, 02/06/2014

The toxic reaction in Cannes should offer fair warning: Weinstein's glossbuster is a bust.

**(*)(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 02/06/2014

You could build a good drinking game around this trite, sanitised account of Grace Kelly, the Hollywood queen recast as a Grimaldi princess. Mind you, if it involved doing a shot every time someone reminded Kelly of her elevated status, you wouldn’t remember very much of the second half of Grace Of Monaco.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 01/06/2014

Grace Of Monaco is soap opera on a lavish scale.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 06/06/2014

Kidman’s infamous Chanel No. 5 advert had better clarity of purpose than this.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Josh Slater-Williams, The Skinny, 06/06/2014

Verdict: Not good, but not that bad.

**(*)(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 06/06/2014

One thing’s for certain there won’t be a sequel, though a prequel is never out of the question.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Brigit Grant, Daily Express, 08/06/2014

Maybe in years to come people will look back on this as some kind of camp classic, but don’t bet on it.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/06/2014

If you're passionate about not paying taxes, this could be for you.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 05/06/2014

This bizarrely stilted film about Princess Grace, formerly Grace Kelly, arrives in the UK after an unhappy outing at Cannes, where it revealed itself to be so completely wooden that it's basically a fire risk.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 05/06/2014

It may seem strange to defend Grace when its own actors are distancing themselves from its likely commercial failure but, taken as old-fashioned, star-driven melodrama, the film has some very strong elements.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 06/06/2014

Only a shorter running time would be an improvement, by any measure.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 08/06/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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