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Diana Reviews

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Elizabeth Renzetti
Globe and Mail
November 1, 2013
Carries with it the whiff of Harlequin, the mouldy and tired air of a cottage paperback left on the dock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Catherine Mayer
TIME Magazine
September 27, 2013
Why, oh why, oh why? Oh. Why?
Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered
November 1, 2013
Strong performances from Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews cannot transcend a corny script and a lack of focus from director Oliver Hirschbiegel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
November 1, 2013
A laughably bad, better-than-it-has-a-right-to-be variation on 'Roman Holiday' that's rich in melodrama and pauper poor at getting to the heart of Diana's love-hate relationship with fame.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
November 1, 2013
Overall the "lovelorn princess in a tower" gambit isn't just melodramatic, it's a dramatic oversimplification.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 1, 2013
As big-screen romances go, this is a far cry from An Affair To Remember. It's an affair you'll probably forget on the bus trip home.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Suzanne S. Brown
Denver Post
November 8, 2013
Diana might have been flawed and scheming and love-starved, but this film doesn't help explain that. Nor does it illuminate the common touch and humanitarian side that endeared her to a global audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2013
This visually polished, Oscar-baiting docudrama chronicles her final two years, and even in death she's a subject of invasive speculation.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
September 20, 2013
Too stupefyingly dull to compete with Mommie Dearest on the midnight movie circuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 10, 2013
Hirschbiegel turns to another dead celebrity with this biopic, following the plight of Princess Di in the last 2 years of her life. The biggest problem here isn't the 'daring' behind chronicling her hidden loves, but the sheer awkwardness of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kate Erbland
Film.com
November 1, 2013
Tries to humanize its leading lady, but it only embarrasses her (and us) in the process. Diana deserves so much more than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.2/10
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 23, 2013
Tony Blair's eulogy had more substance and I don't say that lightly.
Ali Arikan
RogerEbert.com
November 1, 2013
Stephen Jeffreys' script-based on the book "Diana: Her Last Love" by Kate Snell-is simply awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
October 4, 2013
A drippy romance, spending the vast majority of its time in private, two-hander scenes imagining inane dialogue between a dead Princess and a famously reclusive, private surgeon; it only exists because it knows neither of them is going to complain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
October 31, 2013
There's a germ of a smart biopic in Diana; the problem is that it's tucked away behind a clunky structure and even clunkier dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 6, 2013
At least it's not quite as disastrous a political biopic as The Iron Lady, which is a horrendously awful portrait of an interesting, divisive individual. Dear reader, that is as faint as praise gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
September 5, 2013
In trying desperately (and understandably) to portray Diana accurately and reverentially, Watts has neglected to portray a person.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sexton
This is London
September 20, 2013
Although [Watts] assiduously imitates Diana's walk and cadences, her martyred-saint sideways and upwards looks, she just never seems mad or posh or even English enough. She's too nice, too normal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 31, 2013
"Diana" isn't just an egregious case of rewriting history, but one of oversimplifying it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
October 8, 2013
I've seen Nicholas Sparks adaptations that were more credible than this.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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