Spencer

Movie review by Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Royal biopic tackles mental health, bulimia; some language.

R 2021 119 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 14+

Good but dark

First off, Kristen Stewart did an amazing job with this role. She played the part perfectly given the script that she was handed. But, this movie is dark. I agree that the R rating seems a little odd. There's nothing outwardly offensive in my humble opinion; however, the themes are adult and the movie doesn't hide any of the ugliness of bulimia. The cursing is probably nothing worse that anything a middle schooler has heard and almost no nudity at all, except a slight bit of side boob. I didn't just love the movie, mostly probably because it's hard content and dark. Personally I felt they made Diana look a bit more crazy than I had ever envisioned her, but I cannot say that it isn't accurate. Her loneliness is palpable. The movie is very well done but I felt it was hard to watch.
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age 16+

What an incredibly haunting and beautiful movie

I believe that many people were, unfortunately, expecting a biopic. However, it is clear that this film takes place throughout 3 days in Christmas (Prior to Diana's separation from Charles). Kristen Stewart portrayed Diana wonderfully during her lowest moments, all the way through her catharsis in the end (all the while showing what a caring and loving mother she was). The writers also did an amazing job showing the lack of empathy and double standard that comes with a royal title. This was not a movie about the royal family; this was about Diana and the private humiliation she had to endure, in addition to the temporary psychosis she may have experienced due to her 10+ year eating disorder. The cinematography was breathtaking and I would gladly recommend Spencer to anyone. Watch it without prejudice and appreciate the time and effort that went into this amazing project.

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Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
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