The Hollywood Reporter

A stirring romantic drama centering on the last royal heir to the native line of traditional monarchs.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Princess Kaiulani is much remembered in Hawaii, much forgotten on the mainland, and the subject of this interesting but creaky biopic.
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By Michelle Orange
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Kilcher is lovely. But sadly, Ka'iulani is a perfunctory biopic of the sort one might encounter on television during Women's History Month.
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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.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Mark Keizer
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.
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Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
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.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This somber but unexceptional drama is luxurious to look at but never gripping.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The landscapes are exotic and Kilcher is erotic, but the film plays like a generic made-for-TV biopic.
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41 out of 100
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