• PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Oliver Parker
    In Theaters:
    Jun 18, 1999 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 18, 2000
  • Miramax Films

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An Ideal Husband Reviews

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Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com

Pleasantly diverting, but unlikely to inspire the kind of deep thinking about hypocrisy and unreasonable standards of virtue that Wilde intended

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner

A film that leans so heavily on its stars that their performances are marred by their emptiness.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

All this less-than-ideal Husband proves is there are few folks who have the sense to leave classic text alone.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

March 7, 2002
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003

It kept making me wonder if I was enjoying it. The frustration of this experience is that I feel guilty about not recommending it, and I'd feel just as guilty if I did recommend it.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Brundage
Filmcritic.com

Their entire world was constructed around subtlety, and, in tune with that, the one word that can be used to describe An Ideal Husband is subtle.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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[T]his Husband plods and ambles and bears the burden of a soundtrack that resembles a wimpy meditation tape.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Alas, something went wrong between stage and screen...

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2/4

October 15, 2002

E! Online

This Husband tries desperately to squeeze itself into the trim style of other bustle and bonnet faves, but it's a bad fit.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

January 1, 2000

Sight and Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

June 18, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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An Ideal Husband works because Wilde created an expert mechanism (kind of slow-motion serious screwball comedy) for manipulating the plot and characters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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An irresistible concoction of brilliant dialogue, sumptuous set design, top-notch acting, and a plot littered with Machiavellian twists.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Rocchi
Netflix

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 7, 2002
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Much of the four acts of An Ideal Husband, a serious comedy, is constructed out of flip one-liners, most of which remain, though Parker has added a few, all unworthy of the master.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 26, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I felt like I was being one-lined to a loving death in this elegant Oscar Wilde comedy/drama costume play...

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

I liked Oliver Parker's film adaptation even better, for reasons I can sum up in two words: Rupert Everett. And not cuz he's scrumptious. Or gay.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net

It is, of course, an ensemble piece and the entire cast brings it together with skill and style under Parker's skillful direction.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

January 1, 2000
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The drama boasts a treasure trove of witty dialogue and some fascinating characters who are forced to prioritize their values in strange circumstances.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 3, 2002
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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