An Ideal Husband Reviews

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Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Parker's shuttlecock technique only succeeds in throwing Wilde's cascading rhythms seriously out of whack and makes it hard to attend to the language as fully as one would like.
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Time Out
March 2, 2011
The bright, crisp design, Wilde's arch eloquence and a classy company help to camouflage the shortcomings.

Film4
July 20, 2010
Quality comedy with a sprinkling of romance, skilfully assembled by a director with a clear feel for the material. Performances are universally great and the dialogue, of course, is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 20, 2010
It's lavish, clever entertainment, a welcome opportunity to laugh without shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 2010
An enjoyable, minor, lustrously shot revamping of Oscar Wilde's play about the perpetually interlocked manners of love and deception.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 15, 2009
It's a pleasant diversion but sadly, little more than a chance to hear Rupert's barbed wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
November 18, 2009
The exquisite teamwork and byplay make the film such a delight to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
All the other performances -- from Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Julianne Moore, John Wood and Peter Vaughan -- are first rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Derek Elley
Variety
June 19, 2008
Smooth-flowing direction, a shrewdly pruned script and a top-flight ensemble cast that visibly relishes both the dialogue and one another's perfs make this a tony item for upscale, mature audiences.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Certain stretches truly sparkle, but the movie is not as inventive as The Winslow Boy, nor as relaxed and goofy as Midsummer[night's Dream].
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Rupert Everett goes buck wild (okay, Oscar Wilde) in this Victorian comedy of manners and romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Parker has made a sensible cinematic translation of Wilde's play, intercutting scenes which would have been played consecutively on the stage.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
An ideal alternative to the onslaught of Hollywood summer films.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
It is sad that this kind of dialogue is seen so infrequently in modern films; Wilde had a way with words unparalleled in this century.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Alas, something went wrong between stage and screen...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
A movie whose few imperfections never detract from its elegant characters and intriguing plot.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
While it would have been easy to simply rely on the strength of Wilde's writing to carry the project, Parker and his cast never give any less than their very best...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Say what you will about Miramax's alleged underhanded business practices and big-bucks campaigns to buy itself Academy Awards, the studio definitely knows how to package a satisfying movie adaptation of a classic of English Literature.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
[I]t's likely that Mr. Wilde, who once wrote, 'A poet can survive anything but a misprint,' would have been less than thrilled with the result.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
All this less-than-ideal Husband proves is there are few folks who have the sense to leave classic text alone.
Full Review | Original Score: short
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