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‘Grace Of Monaco’: Should You Watch? Critics Weigh In

Mon, May 25, 2015 3:06pm EDT by Avery Thompson 5 Comments

After premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, ‘Grace of Monaco’ eventually found its way to Lifetime. Is the Nicole Kidman drama about the iconic Grace Kelly worth watching this Memorial Day? The reviews are in!

Yep, Nicole Kidman, 47, is starring in a movie on Lifetime. After a year of behind-the-scenes drama, Grace of Monaco is premiering on Lifetime tonight, May 25. The Oscar winner transforms into the beloved Grace Kelly, but does her performance and the film as a whole hit the top marks? The critics are sounding off!

‘Grace Of Monaco’ Reviews:

Here’s what the critics had to say about the biopic:

New York Times

It’s not good, of course, but it is kind of great, almost irresistible. This is a star-studded, lavishly made drama that falls into that special niche: If it were any better, it would be worse. She is lovely, the hair, makeup and costumes are excellent, but the actress works so hard to recreate the movie star’s voice, mien and magic that the distance is only magnified. Hitchcock and the camera loved her fire-and-ice blend of purity and sensuality. This Grace Kelly is mostly ice.

The A.V. Club

Grace Of Monaco is the only movie to open the Cannes Film Festival and then swan dive into premiering on Lifetime. This descent into Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? status isn’t surprising once you’ve seen five minutes of the movie. Grace Of Monaco, unfortunately, is all glossy style and very little substance, about one woman’s sacrifice of her movie-star career to become a genuine princess. Maybe there’s an interesting story in here, but Grace Of Monaco doesn’t tell it.

New York Daily News

Despite the best efforts of Nicole Kidman, who is operating way above the level of her material, this screwy fantasy nominally inspired by the lives of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier doesn’t even make for a good fairy tale.

Wall Street Journal

For the most part, “Grace of Monaco” is a series of vignettes notable for odd scene hopping and stilted acting. But the ending is worth hanging around for. What begins as a banal and sometimes wacky film with a strong-woman theme winds up in the realm of the ecclesiastical. Talk about homage: As the music soars (and unseen orbs presumably whirl about her golden head) Grace is presented in the film’s final moments as an object of worship. The fairy-tale princess is no more. She has become a madonna.

‘Grace of Monaco’: The Drama Behind-The-Scenes

Grace of Monaco wasn’t supposed to premiere on Lifetime. The film was once an Oscar contender back when it premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

However, due to a feud between the film’s U.S. distributor, Harvey Weinstein, and director, Olivier Dahan, things didn’t go according to plan, TV Guide reports. The filmed opened overseas but was constantly pushed back in the U.S. In April 2015, Lifetime announced that the film would premiere on its channel.

Grace of Monaco will air at 9/8c on Lifetime. The film also stars Tim Roth, Frank Langella and Milo Ventimiglia.

HollywoodLifers, will you be tuning into Grace of Monaco? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson