Kristen Stewart plays the princess within the drama directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain, which premiered at the Venice film festival on Friday.
Her performance won widespread acclaim and was hailed as “mercurial” and “incandescent” by members of the press, whereas Larrain’s unorthodox path also attracted praise.
The story is ready over a weekend within the early Nineties when Diana joined the royal household for Christmas on the Queen’s Sandringham Property, with the movie framed as a “fable from a real tragedy”.
Robbie Collin, the chief movie critic for The Daily Telegraph, gave Spencer the maximum 5 stars and mentioned Stewart will probably be “immediately and justifiably awards-tipped for this”.
He mentioned she “navigates this perilous terrain with complete mastery, getting the voice and mannerisms excellent however vamping the whole lot up only a notch in an effort to higher lean into the movie’s melodramatic, paranoiac and absurdist swerves.”
Writing for The Guardian, Xan Brooks additionally rated the movie 5 stars.
He famous that Larrain “spins the headlines and scandals right into a full-blown Gothic nightmare, an opulent ice palace of a film with shades of Rebecca on the edges and a lovely bat-squeak of absurdity in its portrayal of the royals.
“Larrain’s method to the material is wealthy and intoxicating and altogether magnificent.
“I won’t name it majestic. That would do that implicitly republican film a disservice.”
The Monetary Occasions rated the movie 4 stars and praised Stewart’s efficiency.
Writing for the publication, Raphael Abraham said the Hollywood star “adopts the blonde bob, the Kensington clothes and the breathy voice however stops in need of full impersonation, and her efficiency is better for it.
“That she nails the angst and rising mental frailties of Diana is not any shock.”
The Impartial’s Geoffrey Macnab, in the meantime, supplied the movie three stars and described it as a “self-consciously poetic and elegiac affair”.
He praised Stewart for a “memorable, very mercurial performance”, including that Spencer is “still a considerable improve on the ill-fated 2014 biopic through which Naomi Watts performed the princess.
“Stewart’s febrile, delicate efficiency and Larrain’s trademark lyricism give it an emotional kick that such predecessors lacked.”
The movie additionally received three stars from the i paper’s Christina Newland who criticized Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight’s “heavy-handed” screenplay, which she described as often “painfully on-the-nose”.
“Resplendent as Spencer appears, with Stewart wearing lemon sailor fits and white tulle ballgowns, it will definitely turn into tiresome to watch Diana languish in her distress, her consuming dysfunction, and her unraveling psychological state,” Newland wrote.
Spencer received solely two stars from The Occasions’ Kevin Maher who described the function as an “infuriating combined bag, one which veers wildly from moments of dreamy intrigue to risible scenes of camp”.
Of Stewart’s efficiency, he added: “The central flip is Diana performed by the Twilight star Kristen Stewart with the sort of studied depth that means relentless consumption of the Panorama interview (the head tilt, the batting eyes) and fruitless hours with a dialect coach that has produced solely an odd, strangulated whisper.”
Spencer is coming quickly to Irish cinemas.