Princess Ka'iulani
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The incredible true story of Hawaiian princess Ka'iulani (Q'orianka Kilcher) comes to the screen in this historical drama from first time writer/director Marc Forby. The year is 1888; a rebel alliance with connections to the American government has succeeded in destabilizing Hawaii. When the fight comes to the royal palace, 13-year-old heir to the throne Princess Ka'iulani is spirited away to Victorian England -- where her royalty holds no bearing on her social standing. As Princess Ka'iulani struggles to adapt to her new surroundings, she finds herself falling in love with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are too many swooping violins, too many trite generalizations, too few moments that throw a light on history and turn it into art."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Watching Princess Kaiulani, you're not sure whether to weep for the title character or the actress playing her."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"There's little passion, damn little fire in the belly, and what there is is wasted on a pleasant romance conjured up by the script, aimed at the My Little Pony market."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"Free of insight and depth, leaving us with little sense of the weight of her accomplishments."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"This absolutely fascinating true story is a rich, romantic and captivating movie experience."
‑ Pete Hammond, Back Stage
"As the doomed princess, Q'orianka Kilcher ... has imperially striking features but limited acting skills."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Kilcher is lovely. But sadly, Ka'iulani is a perfunctory biopic of the sort one might encounter on television during Women's History Month."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"After watching Princess Ka'iulani, we can barely say we learned much about this historical figure, nor even much of the history of the time."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Less biography than hagiography, and more suitable to cable TV than theatres."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"This effortlessly evocative, endlessly ennui-inducing paean to Hawaii's final princess is, ultimately, a dull, Upstairs Downstairs affair."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"An uneven film that, by trying to satisfy parents with political drama and older children with a love story, leaves both parties wanting."
‑ Rachel Saslow, Washington Post
"Its story plays like a Hawaiian heritage lesson filtered through the melodramatic artifice of an old Hollywood costume drama."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Looking more like a Hallmark Movie-of-the-Week and reading like a CliffNotes summary of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in the 1890s, the $9-million historical romance Princess Kaiulani won't raise any eyebrows or ruffle feathers..."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
"[Writer-director] Mark Forby tempts us with a little known history lesson of Hawaii but, instead, gives us a generic girl-power teen chick flick. That is not what I want to see."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Historically fanciful and dramatically doltish."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
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