Princess Kaiulani Synopsis
A Hawaiian princess (Q'orianka Kilcher) attempts to maintain the independence of the islands.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Struggles with preservation and evolution

By Elemental_A
We are all faced with preserving our heritage and evolving to become better. This movie shows the struggles of a princess wanting to preserve and protect the people of Hawai'i. The movie focuses on...

The Untold Story of Hawaii

By NathanielQueen
The real story of Hawaii. How often do our textbooks put a good spin on history? Many of us have been taught over the years that simply Hawaii and Alaska became the 49th and 50th states. No...

Five Word Review

By Max'sMom
gotta-see great-film well-done loved-it terrific...

Inept story telling: An Ivory merchant gets sunburned.

By jjhunsecker
Save your money. The director doesn't know how to tell the story, and loses control of the film early on. Perhaps he will learn, but he clearly lost all the threads early on and instead of a tapestry...

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By auntyhonu
History is questionable otherwise welldone...

Princess Ka'iulani review

By keahaulanih
I am grateful that a movie has been made regarding the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. The speech that Princess Ka'iulani gave to the media was on behalf of a nation. A nation that is struggling...

Five Word Review

By emtsuji
touching timely enjoyable thought provoking...

Pretty but sad

By vikivaganov
This was a very pretty movie. Good cinematography which provided a good sense of historical place. The film was a very small look into the life of Princess Kaiulani. More Hawaiian culture should...

Princess Ka'iulani

By myrnagoo
Awesome movie. Felt I was actually there. My 7 yr old along with her girlfriend and brother enjoyed the movie just as much as I did. They were SO into it that they cried as much as I did. Also,...

It gets the job done

By hapuna1
I have been aware of the History of the Hawaiian Islands for a long time. As someone that grew up there and gone to a Hawaiian school I thought the movie was interesting. It got the point across...

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Rated PG | For some violence and thematic material, and for brief language, sensuality and smoking