It's never a good sign when the off-screen drama surrounding a film is more interesting than the drama on screen, and according to early reviews, such is the case with director Olivier Dahan's Grace Kelly biopic, "Grace of Monaco," which opened the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday night.
"Grace of Monaco," which stars
"It is almost perversely impressive how Dahan misses almost every target and squanders almost every opportunity," the
Scott Foundas of Variety said: "Handsomely produced but as dramatically inert as star Nicole Kidman's frigid cheek muscles, Dahan's strained bid to recapture the critical and commercial success of his smash Edith Piaf biopic 'La Vie en Rose' is the sort of misbegotten venture no amount of clever re-editing could hope to improve." He added that the script, by Arash Amel, "is agonizingly airless and contrived."
The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw described "Grace" as "a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire-risk." He added: "The cringe-factor is ionospherically high. A fleet of ambulances may have to be stationed outside the Palais to take tuxed audiences to hospital afterwards to have their toes uncurled under general anaesthetic."
Time's Richard Corliss wrote, "Often silly but never vivacious, 'Grace of Monaco' fails as either a stately drama of the