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No state of Grace for Kidman film

Nicole Kidman's Grace Kelly biopic has been met with a volley of damning reviews after it opened t he Cannes Film Festival.

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.

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.

Writing in The Sun, Dan Wootton said Nicole was " sublime" but "let down by a stinker of a movie".

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw gave the film one star and said it was so bad that audiences would have to be ferried to hospital "to have their toes uncurled under general anaesthetic ".

The Daily Telegraph's Robbie Collin also gave the film one star and condemned its " thoroughly awful" script.

There was another solitary star from The Times where Kate Muir said the f ilm was "not so much a turkey as a dodo", with "a risible plot and dialogue lost in translation".

But it had one supporter with The Independent's Geoffrey Macnab giving it four stars and describing it as " a star vehicle par excellence".

He admitted it had its share of "toe-curling" moments, but summed it up as a "film of considerable formal sophistication".

The film, which caused controversy before it was screened with rumours of behind-the-scenes clashes and condemnation from the royal family in Monaco, is not in the running for the festival's prestigious Palme d'Or.

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