(2013)

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63
Watts masters Diana's look - the way she carried her head and used those wide, coyly expressive eyes - but is only passable at impersonating the voice.
60
Watts's work is extraordinary, sometimes keying off the same illicit register as "Mulholland Drive"; she risks being goofy, awkward and bratty.
50
Diana is a Lifetime movie in sensible pumps, at once too silly to be taken seriously, yet so self-serious it rarely allows us to giggle.
50
It's a gallant battle against flawed material, and Hirschbiegel fights it to a draw.
50
It's a fractured fairy tale, penned in clunky strokes.
50
In truth, the only hazardous material to be found in Diana - the title role assumed bravely, if mistakenly, by Naomi Watts - is the screenplay.
42
The result is a film that grows worse with each passing minute, as the vibrant and complex Diana is reduced down to a daft, dumbstruck love addict, a biopic that tries desperately to humanize an already beloved and relatable human being and makes her look comically idiotic and empty in the process.
40
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.
40
Halfway between a guilty pleasure and a missed opportunity, it makes the crucial mistake of treating curious viewers like deferential subjects, demanding far more sympathy than it deserves.
40
While mostly swerving past the pitfall of tastelessness, this sincerely intended account of the last two years of Princess Diana's life risks an even more perilous roadblock: dullness.
40
The amusements here are mostly of the unintentional kind.
38
This wrongheaded biopic that bears her name does nothing to burnish her legacy. In fact, the tedious movie lacks any insight into the characters involved, and surely would have the late Princess of Wales rolling in her grave. And it can't be easy on her sons to see their mother depicted in such a one-dimensional fashion.
38
Hirschbiegel and Watts don't have the nerve for camp. Even a scene of a rejected Diana back at Kensington, forlornly playing Bach at her piano while mascara streams down her face, is played gloomily straight.
38
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.
25
The schmaltzy Diana is directed at a dirge-like pace by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, whose film “Downfall'' depicted the final days of Hitler and provided one of the Internet's most enduring memes.
25
This narcissistic quality is the film's true undoing.
20
Poor Princess Diana. 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.
20
More terrible and tacky than one could have imagined, it will soon be forgotten and consigned to the True Movies channel to play alongside television movies about Karen Carpenter, Jayne Mansfield and Jackie Kennedy.
20
A right royal mess.
20
You certainly won't learn anything of interest about the Princess of Wales in Oliver Hirschbiegel's misguided new biopic. But 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.

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