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Spencer

2021
Drama
Biography
1h 57m
During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.
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Spencer

2021
Drama
Biography
1h 57m
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Rated 06 Nov 2021
52
21st
Stumbles into a lot of the pitfalls that Pablo Larraín managed to avoid with Jackie. A one-note sadness dirge that provides minimal revelatory insight into Princess Diana, instead contenting itself with an excess of tacky touches and bio-tragedy-pic clichés. While Jackie used creative cinematography and a great lead performance to suggest the haunted quality of its protagonist, Spencer literally conjures the ghosts of martyrs past so as to ensure the audience doesn't miss the subtext.
Rated 11 Feb 2022
83
42nd
Not quite as great as I was hoping, but it’s still really well made. Larraín’s directing is very skillful and the cinematography shines quite a bit. The real star of the show, and the reason you should want to watch it, is Kristen Stewart in the lead role. I honestly hate that I couldn’t understand her damn whispering though. Soft-spoken or not, I should be able to hear a movie, yes? Still, this is a great movie if one goes in treating it as the “fable” it promises to be.
Rated 26 Nov 2021
63
83rd
kristen's performance was honestly amazing. the film itself is also quite good although definitely nothing that wowed me a lot.
Rated 14 Dec 2021
30
3rd
What an absolute waste of Kristen's talent. They spend 2 hours painting Diana as highly unstable, full of hallucinations, and constantly suicidal. An offensive portrayal.
Rated 10 Nov 2021
70
47th
A hard film to grasp. It's skeletal and hallucinatory depiction of Diana's turmoil almost works against humanizing her. Larrain never quite penetrates the mystique of Diana and instead is intent on developing a sort of martyrdom for her. But it is beautiful looking and I like that the dissonant tone of this film never quite resolves itself.
Rated 14 Nov 2021
72
39th
A couple great surreal moments, a uniquely haunting atmosphere, but mostly underwhelming and forced.
Rated 12 Feb 2022
56
43rd
A one-note movie about enstrangement wrapped in artsy elements. Stewart is sometimes good, other times Kristen Stewart dressed as Diana.
Rated 15 Nov 2021
90
87th
I really love this film. A lot of it has to do with it's very heated and florid visuals, bringing us deeply into Diana's headspace ... slipping in and out of fantasy and memory, while being fairly grounded in a real setting. It's also Jonny Greenwood's score which is, as always, quite wonderful. A lot is Stewart's performance, which is not really an imitation of Diana, which is appropriate since she's really playing a highly fictionalized counterpart.
Rated 08 Jan 2022
70
71st
Loved the style and score. Possibly Stewart’s best performance. It’s a little long and dragged a bit towards the end, but I liked the final scenes. Definitely not for everyone, but I appreciate films like this for being as unique as they are.
Rated 11 Apr 2022
58
13th
An up-front and uncomfortable portrait of a royal kind of anxiety, which is all well portrayed through great acting, directing, and editing. But it doesn't amount to much, aside from an obvious ending about "loving your kids" or whatever. Diana seems somewhat fully realised, but the secondary characters are cardboard (especially Jack Farthing's angsty husband character, which pales in comparison to his angsty husband character in The Lost Daughter).
Rated 23 Dec 2021
8
78th
Stewart totally disappears in her role; arguably her best performance to date. Larraín builds further upon what already worked in Jackie - at least in terms of mood and production value - only this film added an extra layer by making the titular character’s predicament one I could actually sympathise with. All in all, a dark yet beautifully balanced fable that reimagines Diana’s time with the royal family like that of a caged and wounded individual vying to escape her imprisonment.
Rated 21 Dec 2021
70
82nd
Kristen Stewart's magnetic turn as the most beloved royal of a generation- maybe of all time- is the big reason to watch this, but there are others. The impeccable set design, the excellent costumes, beautifully messy score, and intricate weaving of true tragedy with fantasy and a Christmas fable. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation scenes, namely the pool table & each one between Diana & the head chef guy. I'm iffy on biopics- Larrain's Jackie bored me to tears, actually- but this was good.
Rated 15 Dec 2021
60
50th
The quality of Larrain's filmmaking is undeniable, and I applaud his approach to making a biopic. Unfortunately, the film never really got under my skin.
Rated 18 Jan 2022
40
11th
While the performances were good, the direction and decision to portray Diana as a schizophrenic and borderline personality comes off as melodramatic and offensive. This isn’t helped by the obnoxiously loud score that bellows over the dialogue and tight closeups of Diana sweating and heaving. What bothered me the most was the monotone angst that isn’t really contrasted by lighter scenes. Dark is dark only in contrast to light. Dark in a void is nothing.
Rated 24 Nov 2021
98
95th
A true masterpiece - not an indictment of the royals, not even a biography or celebration of Diana herself, but a supremely confident, bold, at times mordantly hilarious journey through the mind of a trapped animal; painful and riveting in equal measure. It does help that Stewart does her best work, creating a Diana who is familiar, but also a uniquely sad and haunting creation; knowing what the next years would bring makes the "triumphant" finale unbearably sad and poignant.
Rated 22 Nov 2021
76
78th
Fascinating score, stunning visuals, gripping dialogues, great storytelling, an outstanding film. Kristen Stewart is dreamy. While watching her, I felt Diana's depression, melancholy and tragedy. Spencer is one of the best movies of the year. (11/22/2021 - Cinemaximum Kanyon)
Rated 14 Nov 2021
60
33rd
can't help but compare to Jackie, which I think is aided by its narrative framing to help people understand its protagonist as she sees herself. this one's a little more spread out in the ether. tougher to grasp. more atmospheric. great score and great lead performance though.
Rated 18 Feb 2022
65
31st
Here's the thing with Spencer: is it the form or the content that causes getting furiously annoyed? at first I thought it's the form and, thereby, it's theatrical, soaked with intellectualisation and heavily overacted. But it might be the content and then i'm suddenly annoyed with megalomaniac Royalty instead of the makers of this movie, and that is genuine. The 'lovely lady di' is just the next narcissist who reaches too high and falls. I will come back to this.
Rated 26 Dec 2023
70
76th
Good idea to make this a surreal drama. Maybe a psychological horror next? The plot was too narrow to elevate the film. More context would have been great; maybe flashbacks about their relationship. Kristen Stewart put in a great performance. Fav scene: The whole getting ready for Christmas dinner sequence.
Rated 06 Oct 2022
25
10th
Overall underwhelming. I thought Stewart was terribly miscast, though she did try her best. The color is lovely. I much prefer the portrayal of Diana in The Crown.
Rated 04 Jun 2024
30
12th
Ode to never being tamed, flaunting the rules, running about, doing spinarounds, and KFC, or, the proletariat revolts against the repressions of the ruling class. Well I guess that’s one way of looking at Diana’s situation. Of course, the filmmakers are offering a subjective viewpoint, but, even so, it’s clear where their sympathies lie. This viewer was just never quite able to see what there was to care about in this tale, and as a result the film functioned neither as drama, tragedy or horror.
Rated 16 Mar 2022
5
63rd
'How can it be safe if you have to wear protective glasses?' All points for Kristen Stewart's excellent performance.
Rated 17 Mar 2022
61
31st
Afablefromatruetragedy+ripspearlsofftheneatslollolbutthenthey'rebackonandshebarfs+somuchpressure+2ofus-thepeopledontwantustobepeople+allweareiscurrencymydear+keepsimagininganneboleynlol+cutarm+servantbestiegirlsaysinlovelol-maybejusttomakeherlaugh-fuckdoctorsyouneedloveshocksandlaughter+takessonsfrombirdshooting+ALLINEEDISAMIRACLE+kfc
Rated 14 Mar 2022
78
63rd
Stewart is great, but many other things work as well. Score, cinematography, decent story too.
Rated 20 Mar 2022
90
67th
Stewart literally disappears into the main role and the score fits the movie perfectly. I also really loved Spall in this as well. The middle part unfortunately drags a bit too much yet I found this to be a satisfying biopic not afraid to take certain necessary liberties.
Rated 26 Mar 2022
73
77th
Gorgeous fashion and cinematography. Kristen Stewart portrays Diana so well. She feels so familiar, though not without some of Stewart’s trademark awkwardness. There is very little plot wise and It does feel a little repetitive and boring. Still enjoyable tho… B
Rated 12 Mar 2022
68
54th
Horror themed ost
Rated 29 Mar 2022
88
56th
Really captures the sense of stress, anxiety, and all other bad things Diana had to endure. Kristen Stewart of course steals the show, this is the first time i see her after my mom forced me to watch Twilight on theaters and she did her role perfectly, especially when she get dressed. Felt a bit dragged out towards the end but still a great experience
Rated 06 Jul 2024
58
18th
This movie was rough to watch. Kristen Stewart does a good job and the sets/costumes were well made, but by god, it's just a miserable movie about 95% of the time, with elements of psychological horror thrown in as well. This isn't anything like what I was expecting going in, and while I enjoyed the ending, I don't like the direction this movie took for most of it. There was also some raised black levels in some scenes which bothered me.
Rated 11 Mar 2022
77
73rd
Senaryosunun yanı sıra müthiş bir performans filmi olan Spencer, Kristen Stewart'ı senenin en iyi kadın oyuncularından birisi, belki de en iyisi yapıyor.
Rated 16 Apr 2022
79
80th
She plays the part well and you can imagine how dysfunctional the whole family is.
Rated 21 Jun 2022
45
23rd
I think it succeeds big time at not being yet another atrocious and boring cinebio -- mostly because it's narrowed, thank God, also K-Stew and Jonny. But, you know, it's brilliant until you remember it's directed with that self-important, lifeless, 'philosophical' fashion editorial approach you expect from Larraín.
Rated 02 Jul 2022
83
73rd
https://letterboxd.com/adrianascarpin/film/spencer-2021/
Rated 02 Aug 2022
55
32nd
Larrain is a good narrator and what made his previous movies like "No," "Tony Manero" or "Jackie" is his meditation on the medium and form of cinema as well. There, he focused on issues like celebrity and reality culture, what TV and mass media do to our political consciousness, etc., while here I do not see any of those preoccupations. Behind a well-crafted narrative, there remains the shallow argument: "oh poor Diana. She suffered under luxury and royal privilege." Lol.
Rated 05 Aug 2022
74
16th
I rly wanted to like Kristen Stewart in this movie, but her accent kept making me think of Emma Watson and she said her words so breathy and yet sharp that it was difficult to know what she was saying. that being said, the vibes were good and I rly enjoyed her interactions with others and herself as she is navigating this strange, overbearing space. I didn't quite get the ending montages, but I enjoyed the final scene. lots to chew on here :) oh and the music!! v good
Rated 13 Sep 2022
23
22nd
- Hey, since we're doing this Vogue photo shoot, we might as well make a movie! - Doesn't a movie need a plot or interesting dialogue, things like that? - Nah, just make her complain about stuff in a forced annoying voice.
Rated 28 Sep 2022
4
48th
Weirder than I thought it would be which is nice! Wish I could be sad and in a mansion being waited on hand and foot instead of sad and updating my criticker on the toilet at work 8 months after I watched it
Rated 12 Dec 2022
63
57th
Maybe my favorite Larrain, but I must admit his style is not my cup of English Breakfast tea. I liked Stewarts performance, and the film has some excellent scenes.
Rated 11 Feb 2023
46
32nd
Reminded me of melancholia or other artsy films. Not my jam
Rated 30 Mar 2023
40
19th
I couldn't fucking care less. When she enters her childhood home (or, castle) and sees some visions, that was the best part. I don't think Jackie was made to seem hysterical, instead, that film was empowering its heroine. Spencer, on the other hand, commits the same crime that media always has against Diana and made her into a pathetic little girl. She would probably hate this film.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
79
80th
A beautifully shot movie. Loved the bits with so much film grain in them, it just looked magical. And the feeling I got from this movie was that of melancholy. Cold and sad. It perfectly embodied being trapped in an environment that is gradually suffocating you, as it must have been for Diana. Kristen Stewart really looked like Diana, too, and she did an amazing job in this one.
Rated 02 Jan 2024
41
21st
Who is this movie for? There's a silent power struggle going on, I guess, but little else. Privileged, sad, crazy woman is privileged, sad, and crazy. Is this even a halfway accurate representation of Diana? The Greenwood score sets the tone early and, quite frankly, takes over the movie. It's a really good score, the movie just doesn't have much else going for it.
Rated 08 Dec 2021
5
2nd
Dünyanın en akıllı ve zeki prensesini, psikomanyağa dönüştür. Diana'nın yaşadığı trajediyi biliyoruz. Noel arifesinde yaşadığı malikane ve aristokratlık, cehenneme dönüşecektir. Lady Diana'nın paranoyaklıktan şizofreniye, kişilik bozukluğundan intihar eğilimine kadar vurmuş da vurmuş. Pablo Larrain fazla The Favorite izlemiş. Filmin sonunda, yalnız çocuklarım. Tek tek basaraktan bade süzerekten inci dizerekten gel canım gel aman
Rated 13 Dec 2021
76
61st
Askeri kutularda yemekler ve bilardo masası.
Rated 01 Jan 2022
71
57th
Weirdly like a Sokurov movie mixed with the shining. While obviously being nowhere near as good as either of those things this was still pretty good. Even manages to endure what is a pretty obvious conceit with what it is doing with biopic tropes. Not my fav Stewart performance and is over acted especially because there’s a lot of like WHISPERING.
Rated 24 Jul 2022
70
58th
I struggle to give a shit about anything related to the royal family, the barrier to entry for me here was pretty high. I wasn't engaged by the story at all until the 2nd half, but the filmmaking is strong throughout, as are the performances. Just like Power of the Dog, Johnny Greenwood's score elevates many of the scenes and injects a sense of welcome tension.
Rated 23 Jul 2022
52
42nd
And they killed her and sucked her blood, obviously
Rated 11 Nov 2021
80
75th
Around the halfway point, I leaned over to my partner and asked, "what the hell am I watching?" That is not an indictment of this film. This could have easily been an A24 psychological horror film. The coloring felt soft and cold, giving it a dreamy hazy feeling. The score was all strings. This is what a biopic should be, right down to victoriously eating a bucket of KFC. Was her wearing the OPP hat a nod to the "Paul is dead!" conspiracy???
Rated 12 Nov 2021
69
66th
A great first half with so much potential and I could tell it was on a similar page to black swan, but then it just has the stupidest 15 in segment which copies joker and the dancing continues to the end, it briefly has another stupid moment where some women comes out gay in love of Diana, why? A lot of seriousness was lost sadly? It also never reached black swan or whiplash level, as although it had perfect moments and scenes, the buildup never continued after half way, but it was very tense.
Rated 15 Nov 2021
96
91st
Well done and great performance by Stewart.
Rated 23 Nov 2021
38
23rd
Either a supremely handsome, long-winded recitation of what we already know, or a fetish object in the movement of Kristen Stewart's body. I even like the score which overtakes the screenplay at some point. For drama and character in these royal halls of doom, watch The Crown.
Rated 25 Nov 2021
75
26th
Viewed November 16, 2021. Kristen Stewart is superb throughout Spencer — so subtle and unforced that her presence takes on an eerie quality, perfect for both the day-in-the-life biography of the film's first half and its slide into psychological horror in its second half. Whenever the script indulges in an obvious or boneheaded metaphor, it's balanced out by Stewart's naturalism, her entire being a counterpoint to the stuffy and orchestrated world of the royal family.
Rated 25 Nov 2021
7
73rd
Interesting interpretation of the state of Diana’s mind - feels quite truthful. Beautifully put together but quite a depressing watch.
Rated 26 Nov 2021
54
20th
I did not like it
Rated 26 Nov 2021
59
58th
Kristen Stewart's best performance yet!
Rated 03 Dec 2021
70
15th
Spencer is a beautifully shot film with a fantastic portrayal of Diana by Kristen Stewart. Those are definitely the highlights of the film, as I feel like it was quite slow and almost boring at times.
Rated 08 Mar 2022
20
6th
Underdeveloped script. No discernable plot. Utterly confusing artistic decisions by the director. Stewart's one-note acting does the film zero favors.
Rated 14 Dec 2021
37
25th
(I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD IS SPEWING)
Rated 27 Dec 2021
80
57th
w/ Kaan
Rated 22 Feb 2022
0
0th
It's like someone watched The Crown and The Shining back to back then made this movie
Rated 10 Jan 2022
12
12th
Way to over dramatized for me. Every scene is just over the top and that’s just not my style.
Rated 14 Jan 2022
60
31st
Stewart’s perpetually teary-eyed Diana is a melodramatic mimicry that may capture the hearts of those who already care about the idiosyncrasies and speech patterns of the historical figure, but she didn’t interest me (a poorly developed storyline didn’t help) - and this is a film that depends upon its central performance. Ultimately, I remained unmoved except to shift bored in my seat when it grew to feel overlong.
Rated 01 Feb 2022
30
12th
Boring
Rated 14 Feb 2022
8
91st
A bold and singular portrayal, with Stewart’s fearless performance a double-edged sword, creating a distinct ‘character’ while at the same time channeling the princess’s mannerisms. This is a long way from the typical biopic impersonation. The film is intense and strange, with the royals intentionally portrayed as one-dimensional, almost sinister as seen by Diana, who may or may not be cracking up over a long Christmas weekend. Superb score by Johnny Greenwood, lovely work by Hawkins.
Rated 16 Feb 2022
85
76th
Overall Spencer is a great film. I truly admire Kristen Stewart's performance, and the way she just lays it all out there. The score really fits every scene perfectly. The cinematography, production design, and costumes are phenomenal. However I do have a few minor complaints. At times it can be slightly melodramatic, but not in an entirely off-putting way. Its' a bit slow, and as an American it could have used a bit more context. But hey, I'm a sucker for 80's music and those types of endings.
Rated 16 Feb 2022
92
85th
I enjoyed this immensely and thought Stewart was stunning. Anytime she was onscreen, which was 90% of the movie, I couldn't look away. I also really enjoyed the score and thought It went with the film really nicely. I may be in the minority, but I thought this was great and It was nothing like I was expecting. Also Sally Hawkins plays a gay character named 'Maggie", so I had a blast with that. I give 9 scarecrows out of 10.
Rated 21 Feb 2022
40
32nd
Kristen Stewart is so much more beautiful than the late Princess of Wales. The movie is rather unremarkable however.
Rated 02 Mar 2022
70
46th
With Greenwood’s incredible score and some breathtaking photography, Spencer’s floor is pretty high. Stewart is often quite good and the times she isn’t just highlight the issue of the screenplay’s monosyllabic tone.

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