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  • Summary: During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana (Naomi Watts) embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 28
  2. Negative: 13 out of 28
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 29, 2013
    60
    Watts’s work is extraordinary, sometimes keying off the same illicit register as "Mulholland Drive"; she risks being goofy, awkward and bratty.
  3. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Oct 31, 2013
    50
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Charles Gant
    Sep 9, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 31, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Oct 31, 2013
    25
    Diana isn’t just an egregious case of rewriting history, but one of oversimplifying it.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Nov 8, 2013
    12
    Are the micro-biopics that don't even bother to provide overviews of their famed subjects' entire lives, but instead lean on the spectacle of celebrity impersonation, the new camp?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Apr 5, 2014
    9
    My expectations were low. Many reviews were unflattering and I never cared for for the fetish of British royalty. However this film turned out to be a moving love story made by a wonderful director and staring one of the best actresses in recent years.. Expand
  2. Feb 4, 2014
    9
    First thing is that this is a Film saying something about feelings of a woman, longing for Love and not merely a TV Documentry or a Biopic with real life clippings..so its best not to expect that !!This Famous saying by poet Rumi...”Somewhere between right
    and wrong there is a garden…I will meet you there”. That’s the garden of love,
    where Diana wanted to go to. The film says a lot about the private life of
    Diana, which I guess has been researched on some hard facts. Young Lioness..One
    of the most beautiful women of all times…had the whole world in her palm yet
    she yearned for The one thing, that is a
    gift of only the fortunate- LOVE…She was denied that from her rebound affair
    with (one in a million) heart Surgeon- Dr.Khan, who realistically and logically,
    choose his career and family over her…only
    because she was a princess. But sadly Dr.Khan did not know that love is not to be
    analysed from the head …But FELT from the heart, which was what Diana felt…always
    from her Heart !! What I gather from the
    Film is that…Despite what was expected from the world’s most important woman at
    that time, from the Society, Royalty, Paparazzi
    and the World at large… she tried her best to Just come out of those clutches
    of Royalty to which she had wed into… Yet it seems like No one wanted to see
    her in any different image other than Princess Diana…Queen of England ! I feel there is that one dialogue from the
    movie- Notting hill by Julia Roberts, which best fits at the END…where Diana
    probably might want to have said to the world that…After all... I'm just a
    girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her!! …R.I.P. Diana.
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  3. Nov 1, 2013
    5
    Poor Naomi Watts the writers have gone and rained on her parade for what looked like sure fire Oscar win for the over due actress now doesn't even seem likely to get her a nomination. This has nothing whatsoever to do with her portrayal of the iconic princess but has everything to do with a woman's own screenplay complete with unspeakable dialogue and, for the most part, lacklustre direction. Watts' committed performance is actually very good and she captures Diana's body language, mannerisms and vocal inflection perfectly. The main issue is that the script makes the central love story totally ordinary and uninteresting. To this end Naveen Andrews dull performance doesn't help and a lack of chemistry between the two leads is palpable. The film is watchable and not quite the debacle that dismissive critics have suggested, but a decent dullness is the keynote. Iconic images from newspapers and magazines are captured and integrated effectively, and some information was new to me. The film does pick up slightly towards the end and the closing scene is moving, but obviously not in the tragic way it was in real life. Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2013
    3
    The most disappointing movie of the year. Hirschbiegel was so unhappy as director. Naomi Watts is one of the best actresses of the moment, but the terrible development of the script doesn't allowed her show all her talent. Besides that, in absolutely unbelievable that someone take a perfect character (Di) with a great story of life and make a so stupid movie. Naomi, I stil love you...your Oscar is coming. Expand
  5. Nov 7, 2013
    3
    Diana is a terrible film I agree, but Naomi Watts is outstanding in this film, even though it is terribly edited, dull, long and uninteresting, I totally forgot that I am watching someone taking the roll of Princess Diana, it all seemed to me that it is a real secret footage from her life, and the editing helped to forget it is a film, because you can't figure out it is a new day or is it the same, although it gets better, but believe it is footage from her life before she died, sometimes it seemed interesting but most of the time it is silly and forgettable. I won't bother to watch Diana again, it is terrible, boring, film but seems so real. Totally a film to skip. Expand
  6. Nov 4, 2013
    2
    It's very hard to biopic the late Princess of Wales, but Naomi Watts tried her best to become Princess Diana. Unfortunately, this is not the biopic we were hoping to see. I simply missed Diana very much ever since the funeral broadcast around the world on national TV. But Hollywood is not yet ready for a Princess Diana biopic. As much as disappointing as it looks, Diana (along with Jennifer Hudson in "Winnie Mandela" and Ashton Kutcher in "Jobs") is one of the worst but weird-looking biopics of 2013. Expand
  7. Nov 2, 2013
    0
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