“Diana,” the 2013 biopic of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews, premiered this week in London — to less-than-stellar reviews from the London critics who saw the flick.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian writes, “I hesitate to use the term ‘car crash cinema’. But the awful truth is
that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another
awful death. This is due to an excruciatingly well-intentioned,
reverential and sentimental biopic about her troubled final years, laced
with bizarre cardboard dialogue — a tabloid fantasy of how famous and
important people speak in private.”
“‘Diana’ can only be described as a fabulously awful film. The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid,” writes The Mirror‘s David Edwards.
And David Gritten of the Daily Telegraph writes, “Ultimately, what’s the point of Diana? It’s hardly fascinating. It doesn’t
offer new facts about the Princess’s life. And it certainly doesn’t explain
her complexity or contradictions. That would take a different, better film
“Diana” opens nationwide in the U.S. on Sept. 20.