Nicole Kidman film on the nose with critics

NICOLE Kidman’s latest offering has been met with a lukewarm response at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Australian actress’s red carpet gown proved more popular than her performance in film Grace of Monaco (film image courtesy of english.cntv.cn).

The Sydney Morning Herald said her dignified style evoked that of the woman she plays in Grace of Monaco, the film chosen to open the festival.


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But even her diamond encrusted Armani evening dress – could not bring a bright enough sparkle to overcome the gloomy reviews.

Critics have described Grace of Monaco as “middlebrow mush” (the Hollywood Reporter), “fantastically silly” (The Telegraph) and “a schmaltzy, soft-focus rear-end to last year’s car crash biopic Diana” (Screen International).

The SMH also said earlier in the day, Kidman told the press she felt there were parallels between her own life and that of Grace Kelly, who left her Hollywood career behind to marry Prince Rainer III of Monaco in 1956.

“There are so many layers to this, when an actress is playing an actress,” she said.  “Obviously I did not marry a prince.” She corrected herself, no doubt remembering hearth and home with singer Keith Urban in Nashville. “Well, I am married to a prince – a country prince!”

According to IMBd, Grace of Monaco tells the story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.