Princess Ka'iulani
Princess Ka'iulani (2010)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
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Critic Score: 18% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A middling biopic about an important figure in Hawaiian history, Princes Kaiulani looks and feels like a TV movie of the week and offers about as much insight.

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Watching Princess Kaiulani, you're not sure whether to weep for the title character or the actress playing her.

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

As the doomed princess, Q'orianka Kilcher ... has imperially striking features but limited acting skills.

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Carrie Rickey
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.

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Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

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Rachel Saslow
Washington Post

An uneven film that, by trying to satisfy parents with political drama and older children with a love story, leaves both parties wanting.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Its story plays like a Hawaiian heritage lesson filtered through the melodramatic artifice of an old Hollywood costume drama.

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Elias Savada
Film Threat

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...

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
I never turn off a movie, and I turned this one off. The first half-hour was excruciating, cramming all kinds of backstory into some of the deadest dialogue… More
Kevin M. Williams
historical turn that feels like a dreary lifetime special about an actually important bit of american history - the takeover of hawaii. i wanted this one to… More
Bruce Bruce
A great film telling you the history of Hawaii. This film brought to light much of what I have never known. And like the natives of America, the natives of… More
Matthew Rodrigues
1888, Hawaii is teetering on the brink of civil war. The tide has turned against the royal family, under the influence of a rebel party with links to the… More
Cynthia S.
Any movie that helps educate folks about the overthrow of Hawai'i is useful. The production values are good, as is the acting. But it devotes far too… More