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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    As Kaiulani's story, it falls flat, having collapsed under the weight of the genre's mushier conventions. There are too many swooping violins, too many trite generalizations, too few moments that throw a light on history and turn it into art. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Kilcher is lovely. But sadly, Ka'iulani is a perfunctory biopic of the sort one might encounter on television during Women's History Month. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This somber but unexceptional drama is luxurious to look at but never gripping. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A stirring romantic drama centering on the last royal heir to the native line of traditional monarchs. show more

  • 60
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Designed to be both essential history lesson and costume weeper, Princess Kaiulani comes up short on both fronts: Deadly earnest intentions and lack of dramatic gumption ensure that the story of Hawaii’s favored daughter remains under-told. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Princess Kaiulani is much remembered in Hawaii, much forgotten on the mainland, and the subject of this interesting but creaky biopic. show more

  • 38
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It can’t be easy to turn the story of Hawaii’s last royal into a waxworks parade, but writer-director Marc Forby has pulled it off. show more

  • 25
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The landscapes are exotic and Kilcher is erotic, but the film plays like a generic made-for-TV biopic. show more

  • 40
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Kilcher makes the slog worthwhile--her face gleams with possibility, even in the character’s darkest moments--though one prays she escapes the typecasting trap ASAP. show more

  • 40
    Mark Keizer Boxoffice Magazine

    So it's apropos that Forby's biggest misstep is his thin and careful script that can't carry us away on the same winds of fate that would put a sovereign republic's future in the hands of such a young woman. show more

  • July 28, 2011 pajameson
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    For a much stronger understanding of the Princess and her times read \"Unlucky Star\" by Pamela Jameson. The movie takes a mostly hackneyed and facile perception of her life.

  • September 15, 2010 Leilani578
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    @TheVisitor967 - You have the actress wrong. Keisha Castle Hughes was on Whale Rider. This actress is Q'orianka Kilcher who was in the New World. This movie does a good depiction of the forced annexation of Hawaii at gunpoint and their last heir's attempt to assist her people. For a smaller budget film, the filmmakers did an excellent job maximizing what they could to depict the era.

  • June 24, 2010 hulaboi2
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    is it coming out to new york??

  • June 10, 2010 thevisitor967
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    Considering this film was made on a shoestring budget, I thought it was the best it could have been. The actress who potrayed the Prncess was exceptional. (She received an Oscar nomination for her performance in The Whale Rider.) The cinematography was breathtaking. I often wondered how accurate the story was (as I do for most movies like this)--but it had its share of the good and bad guys on both sides. I was glad that Dole turned out to be a good guy.

  • May 27, 2010 LADEIRA 1
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    There are no local showings in Florida?

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