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Naomi Watts tries hard in the title role, but Diana buries her efforts under a shoddy script and clumsy direction.



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DIANA is a compelling portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales during the final two years of her life. The film stars British-born Academy Award (R) nominated actress Naomi Watts (J. EDGAR, FAIR GAME, 21 GRAMS) who assumes the leading role of the eponymous and iconic princess. Naveen Andrews, best known for his roles in THE ENGLISH PATIENT and the hit television series LOST, co-stars as Dr. Hasnat Khan. Fellow Brits Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards and Juliet Stevenson round out the supporting cast. (c) Official Facebook

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Naomi Watts
as Princess Diana
Naveen Andrews
as Dr. Hasnat Khan
Douglas Hodge
as Paul Burrell
Charles Edwards
as Patrick Jephson
Geraldine James
as Oonagh Toffolo
Daniel Pirrie
as Jason Fraser
Cas Anvar
as Dodi Fayed
Laurence Belcher
as Prince William
Harry Holland
as Prince Harry
Art Malik
as Samunder
Michael Hadley
as Joseph Toffollo
Rose O'Loughlin
as Nurse Denise
Christopher Birch
as Ronnie Scott
Michael Byrne
as Christiaan Barnard
Nathaniel Facey
as Dwayne Johnson
Usha Khan
as Naheed
Afzal Khan
as Hasnat's Uncle
Kasthuri Singh
as Nanny Appa
Edna Jaire
as Doctor/Interpreter
Alex Elliott
as Angolan Doctor
Cleone Cassidy
as TV Interviewer - Angola
Alex Elliot
as Angolan Doctor
Lee Asquith-Coe
as Police Officer
Nicola Barber
as Newsreader
Daniel Bayle
as Radio Journalist
Will Chitty
as Security Guard
Richard Corgan
as Police Officer
Ameer Choudrie
as Hasnat Double
Chris Cowlin
as Paparazzi Chasing Princess Diana
Ilan Goodman
as Diana's Assistant #1
Shane Hart
as Security
Richard Herdman
as Police Officer
Tessa Jubber
as Christina Lamb
Prasanna Puwanarajah
as Martin Bashir
Mary Stockley
as Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Diana

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (35)

  • 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.

    Nov 8, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Not a lot different from whatever movie Katherine Heigl has made lately.

    Nov 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film can't find the woman beneath the façade, despite Watts' best efforts. Maybe she didn't exist. Or maybe there's a better movie to be made.

    Nov 8, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • It's ... a pity that her life is reduced to such a forgettable movie.

    Nov 7, 2013 | Rating: 2/4
  • This visually polished, Oscar-baiting docudrama chronicles her final two years, and even in death she's a subject of invasive speculation.

    Nov 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • If you are going to make a film about the late Princess of Wales, you are obviously going to choose the guy who directed "Downfall," about the last days of Hitler, and the actress who played opposite King Kong.

    Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Diana

  • Dec 20, 2015
    I was a big Princess Diana fan. This movie lacked in so many areas that I just felt empty afterwards. Yes, some of the issues portrayed were historically accurate but I didn't feel the movie did her any justice. I wish they had found an actress that even remotely matched Diana's beauty.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2014
    The only thing more incredible than the life she led was the secret she kept. Very well made Film! The Film does not portray Diana in a bad way at all. If anything, it reiterates the absolute disgusting habits our press have had in terms of absolute disregard and disrespect for people's privacy. You feel a certain connection with Diana throughout the film, and see her for the "normal person" she was deep down. Naomi Watts' performance was spectacular, and she certainly did Diana justice. Although the film is most certainly disliked by many - i.e: the media, Islamophobes and daily mail readers... It is disliked for the mere fact that the film provides an insight into things that make certain people very uncomfortable, such as the prospect of the Princess of Wales marrying to a Pakistani Muslim, and the fact that Diana was actually a human being, with feelings, and with a difficult life. During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2014
    Mediocre drama based on the last two years of Diana Princess of Wales life. The film boasts some very good performances, unfortunately, I felt that the story was underwhelming and it didn't go in depth with her last years. The tone of the film feels preachy and tries to be something great, but the result is a film that is heavily flawed, and never reaches its potential. The subject is good, but the execution is poor. I think it's a shame because Naomi Watts was perfect for the role. However the film's script leaves a lot to be desired. Is the film as bad as everyone says? No, but it still leaves room for improvement. The aspect about the film is that it really could have been an outstanding drama, considering its subject. The film's script suffers due to a lack of underwhelming ideas, and in the end, the film just doesn't deliver. I really wanted to enjoy this film, but there's nothing of note here. Watts is a perfect choice as Diana, and if the film's script would have been better fleshed out, then maybe this would have been a much better film than what it turned out to be. Don't expect anything great with this film, as it leaves you wanting more out of the film. Considering its story, I think there could have been a much better take on Diana last few years. Unfortunately this film is mediocre at best, and is not really worth seeing if you want a vivid drama to watch. I think it's a shame because Naomi Watts really did give a good performance, unfortunately the lacking material that she has to work with just doesn't offer anything to save this film from being a letdown. Given a few rewrites, I think that this film really could have been something memorable. Instead it wastes a good cast on a poorly thought out storyline that just seems to overdo most of the time. With that being said, the definitive biopic of Diana, Princess of Wales has yet to be made.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2014
    Diana, not making a peep upon its release nor since, is one of those movies that simply exists where neither its content nor the way it was put together, where the techniques used to convey a well-known story, brought about no great insight, revelation or even valid emotional impact that only served to re-enforce the fact there was no reason for it to exist. It seems no matter how much director Oliver Hirschbiegel thought he might bring an interesting point of view to this film his attempts end up being completely ineffective in the fact that a majority of the people interested in the figure of Diana, Princess of Whales likely knew everything this movie would be bringing to the table (or had already read it in Kate Snell's book on which the screenplay was based) and thus found no reason to watch famous people play dress-up and re-hash the events of their beloved Diana while no doubt dramatizing it as much as possible. There was no need for a film though not because we all know how it turns out, but because Diana was such a figure that the public felt like they knew so well, personally even, that it is almost a betrayal to them to see this actress portray a part of the peoples princess they might not have seen before. This is no fault of the writers, filmmakers or actors and obviously is an element they have no control over, but while it may have felt like a valiant effort, a story worth bringing to a feature film the end result is something that points to every reason why it wasn't a good idea. All of that being said, there is indeed an effort put forth here and despite the bad press it received before it was given a chance there is a Naomi Watts performance here that while she no doubt had much higher hopes for it should be recognized as what it is: convincing on what were impossible levels. The same stigma that applied to the movie applies to the person picked to play Diana and the performance they ultimately gave. What Watts is able to do is somehow transcend the barrage of images we've all seen and do what the movie as a whole wasn't able to do and that is make us believe in this material. No, I didn't necessarily enjoy the film or find much of it interesting, but it has its moments and it had enough to show there is a solid biography to be made about Diana, but this just isn't it. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.net
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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