Grace of Monaco

Grace of Monaco

Grace of Monaco

Nicole Kidman is Grace Kelly, the 1950s Hollywood star who retired from acting at age 26 to take up duties in Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Follows Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity during a political dispute between Rainier (Tim Roth) and France's Charles De Gaulle (André Penvern), which threatened a French invasion in the early 1960s. From the director of La Vie en Rose.

The script has been critised by the Royal Family of Monaco, their statement concluded: "The Royal Family wishes to stress that this film in no way constitutes a biopic. It recounts one rewritten, needlessly glamorised page in the history of Monaco... with both major historical inaccuracies, and a series of purely fictional scenes." Kidman, in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, said in response: "This is not a biopic or a fictionalised documentary of Grace Kelly, but only a small part of her life where she reveals her great humanity as well as her fears, and weaknesses."

2014Rating: PG103 minsFrance, USA, Belgium, Italy
BiographyDramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
65%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

flicks

As someone with the utmost aversion to body shaming and Hollywood beauty ideals, this is a hard one to frame but it has to be acknowledged that if you undertake to portray one of the most mesmerising beauties in all of film history, then certain expectations exist. One of them is not that a 33-year-old Grace Kelly will be portrayed by a middle-aged woman whose waxen death mask of a face has been paralysed into an approximation of youth. It’s unfair, but everything else hinges on the fact that if Kidman had dazzled, the rest of the film’s flaws would seem more forgivable. Instead her taut features fascinate, but in a distracting, Siamese-twin-foetus-in-a-jar kind of way.

1.0

Not great, not awful

This is a very middle of the road retelling of some of the less interesting events in Grace Kelly's eventful life. For the flicks reviewer to give it one star based mostly on Nicole Kidman's FACE is shameful and for the reviewer to say she is not into 'body shaming' and 'hollywood beauty ideals' is sadly ironic. There are far worse films you could see and...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Cardboard and frequently cornball melodrama.

Total Film

Total Film

press

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

1.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Little is left to our imagination or intelligence as characters spout facts and exposition and we're treated to a parade of familiar historical figures in distracting smaller roles.

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Like a 104-minute Chanel ad, only without the subtlety and depth.

1.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Kidman does her best to dignify the role, but it's all victimhood and tears.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It is almost perversely impressive how Dahan misses almost every target and squanders almost every opportunity.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The film fails to deliver any dramatic punch or psychological insight. An opportunity squandered.

2.0
Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

flicks

As someone with the utmost aversion to body shaming and Hollywood beauty ideals, this is a hard one to frame but it has to be acknowledged that if you undertake to portray one of the most mesmerising beauties in all of film history, then certain expectations exist. One of them is not that a 33-year-old Grace Kelly will be portrayed by a middle-aged woman whose waxen death mask of a face has been paralysed into an approximation of youth. It’s unfair, but everything else hinges on the fact that if Kidman had dazzled, the rest of the film’s flaws would seem more forgivable. Instead her taut features fascinate, but in a distracting, Siamese-twin-foetus-in-a-jar kind of way.

1.0
Variety

Variety

press

Cardboard and frequently cornball melodrama.

Total Film

Total Film

press

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

1.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Little is left to our imagination or intelligence as characters spout facts and exposition and we're treated to a parade of familiar historical figures in distracting smaller roles.

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Like a 104-minute Chanel ad, only without the subtlety and depth.

1.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Kidman does her best to dignify the role, but it's all victimhood and tears.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It is almost perversely impressive how Dahan misses almost every target and squanders almost every opportunity.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The film fails to deliver any dramatic punch or psychological insight. An opportunity squandered.

2.0

Not great, not awful

This is a very middle of the road retelling of some of the less interesting events in Grace Kelly's eventful life. For the flicks reviewer to give it one star based mostly on Nicole Kidman's FACE is shameful and for the reviewer to say she is not into 'body shaming' and 'hollywood beauty ideals' is sadly ironic. There are far worse films you could see...

3.0