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Diana Reviews

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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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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 8, 2013
Not a lot different from whatever movie Katherine Heigl has made lately.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 8, 2013
The film can't find the woman beneath the fašade, despite Watts' best efforts. Maybe she didn't exist. Or maybe there's a better movie to be made.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 7, 2013
It's ... a pity that her life is reduced to such a forgettable movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 4, 2013
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.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 1, 2013
Diana" is one big missed opportunity
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 1, 2013
Sixteen years after her death, Princess Diana is still capable of generating interest, which is probably the only reason why this dull, pointless movie was greenlighted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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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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
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
November 1, 2013
The movie may not be great, but for some it will be a fine guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 1, 2013
This is a TV movie all the way, in the pre-HBO network shlock sense of the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 1, 2013
Like most people, Diana Spencer was a lot of people - but "Diana" can only see the romantic naif.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2013
Despite the lackluster romance and the peculiarities of the casting, the subject of Diana's last years is so inherently compelling that the movie maintains interest throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 31, 2013
[Hirschbiegel] nicely conveys an intimate restlessness, only to blow the mood with ominous tidings.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2013
While "Diana" is hardly a fully effective film, it admirably tries to understand a lonely public figure made briefly, energetically whole through a nourished intimacy.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 31, 2013
Lacks any insight into the characters involved, and surely would have the late Princess of Wales rolling in her grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 31, 2013
One wants to say "too soon," but 150 years would be too soon for Oliver Hirschbiegel's close-to-comedic treatment of the princess' last chance at happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 31, 2013
A gooey true-romance comic book trying to pass itself off as a historical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 31, 2013
Diana presents the tragic title princess not as a flesh-and-blood woman but as two-thirds of an Oz quest: she's a figure of heart and courage, but with no brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
October 31, 2013
Diana is a Lifetime movie in sensible pumps. The British press hates it, but Americans simply don't care enough about the royal legacy to muster up serious outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 31, 2013
Watts and Andrews have no chemistry together whatsoever. But in all fairness, probably no actor could convincingly play lines like "I love when you touch me there.''
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 31, 2013
"Diana" can be declared a success in one regard - its vacant inanity serves to remind us of the perpetual indignities forced upon this unlucky Lady.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 29, 2013
Watts's work is extraordinary, sometimes keying off the same illicit register as Mulholland Drive; she risks being goofy, awkward and bratty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Catherine Mayer
TIME Magazine
September 27, 2013
Why, oh why, oh why? Oh. Why?
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
September 17, 2013
Watts nails the two-cans-of-hairspray helmet hair and spidery mascara. But her captain-of-the-lacrosse-team, onwards-and-upwards performance is way off the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2013
Royal with cheese.
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Charles Gant
Variety
September 9, 2013
This Princess Di biopic swerves past the pitfall of tastelessness only to risk a more perilous roadblock: dullness.