Pleasantly diverting, but unlikely to inspire the kind of deep thinking about hypocrisy and unreasonable standards of virtue that Wilde intended
| Original Score: C+
A film that leans so heavily on its stars that their performances are marred by their emptiness.
| Original Score: 2/4
All this less-than-ideal Husband proves is there are few folks who have the sense to leave classic text alone.
| Original Score: short
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
[T]his Husband plods and ambles and bears the burden of a soundtrack that resembles a wimpy meditation tape.
Alas, something went wrong between stage and screen...
This Husband tries desperately to squeeze itself into the trim style of other bustle and bonnet faves, but it's a bad fit.
| Original Score: C
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.
An Ideal Husband works because Wilde created an expert mechanism (kind of slow-motion serious screwball comedy) for manipulating the plot and characters.
| Original Score: 3/4
An irresistible concoction of brilliant dialogue, sumptuous set design, top-notch acting, and a plot littered with Machiavellian twists.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
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].
| Original Score: 2.5/4
I felt like I was being one-lined to a loving death in this elegant Oscar Wilde comedy/drama costume play...
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 9/10
It is, of course, an ensemble piece and the entire cast brings it together with skill and style under Parker's skillful direction.
The drama boasts a treasure trove of witty dialogue and some fascinating characters who are forced to prioritize their values in strange circumstances.