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Kidman 'no control' over Grace film

Nicole Kidman has responded to the damning reviews of her Grace Kelly biopic by saying she had no control over any of it - and said she has yet to give a "great performance".

Grace Of Monaco, which stars Nicole as the American actress and Tim Roth as her husband Prince Rainier, was almost universally slammed by the critics after it opened the Cannes Film Festival.

An early screening was followed by reports of people laughing at supposedly serious moments in the plot, and the all-star cast were compared to actors in a low-budget television movie.

Asked for her reaction to the film's reviews, Nicole told The Sunday Telegraph's Seven Magazine: "As much as people go, 'Oh the actor is totally responsible', the actor doesn't go into the editing room.

"I wasn't producing the film. I wasn't directing it and I don't have control over any of it.

"You literally do the performance and then you leave and you are told, 'Ok, come here to help promote the movie.'

"That's what I did."

The actress, who won an Oscar in 2003 for her performance in The Hours, said she felt "incredibly lonely" around the time she won the gong.

She told the magazine: "It's been professional highs and personal lows and they collide. I'm hoping one day that won't happen.

"Now is a good time personally but it's not a professional high."

The Hollywood star added: "I still don't think I've done my best work."

Looking ahead, she said: "I want somebody to discover a great performance in me. I still don't think I've given a great performance and I'm waiting."

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