Nicole Kidman’s ‘Grace of Monaco’ Is Heading Straight to Lifetime


Poor Nicole Kidman: she and collaborators Tim Roth and director Olivier Dahan had such promise when they filmed Grace of Monaco, their not-entirely-true biopic of Grace Kelly, the actress-turned-royalty. It even opened the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It was all downhill from there, though, because now the film is skipping theaters and heading straight for Lifetime.

This isn’t entirely unexpected: the film premiered to tepid reviews from fans and critics, who were unimpressed with everything from the cinematography to the fictionalized aspects of the film. They even went so far as to call it the next Diana. To top it off, Grace was also disowned by Monaco royal family, which is not always a sign of a bad picture but, in most cases, is not the sign of a particularly great one. The film did open overseas, and grossed $26.6 million, so maybe that poor performance led to the reworked distribution in the U.S.