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The Golden Bowl (2000)

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54

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 39

Coming from the Merchant-Ivory team, The Golden Bowl is visually stunning, but the filmmakers have difficulty in transporting the characterizations of the Henry James novel to the screen.

52

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 13

Coming from the Merchant-Ivory team, The Golden Bowl is visually stunning, but the filmmakers have difficulty in transporting the characterizations of the Henry James novel to the screen.

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Movie Info

The distinguished director/producer/writer team of James Ivory, Ismail Merchant, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala returns to the works of 19th century novelist Henry James in this adaptation of his tale of love and treachery. Wealthy American art collector Adam Verver (Nick Nolte) is traveling Europe with his daughter Maggie (Kate Beckinsale) following the death of his wife. In their travels, Adam and Maggie encounter Mrs. Assingham (Anjelica Huston), an American socialite who enjoys playing matchmaker,

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Drama, Romance, Art House & International

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Nov 6, 2001

$2.2M

Lions Gate Films

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All Critics (99) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (39) | DVD (8)

It suffers mightily from its deliberate pacing, pale characterizations, obvious plot and some woeful miscasting.

June 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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coiled, nuanced, resonant tale.

May 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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In this movie, all displays of passion feel like gaudy pantomime.

May 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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It is beautifully, dramatically and grandly long, tedious, boring and slow.

May 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Makes the viewer wish that Ivory had cast a more accomplished actress -- Kate Winslet, perhaps, or Cate Blanchett -- who could give dimension to the character and indicate subtext in a way that Thurman can't.

May 18, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The Golden Bowl is a feast for those who love nuanced conversation, unspoken emotion and guarded looks.

May 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Despite a denouement which arrives half an hour too late, the complexities of James' work are superbly realised.

May 8, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

The Golden Bowl may not be the most exciting movie you'll ever see, but those who pay attention should find themselves pleasantly rewarded.

November 14, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Decent screenplay, superb acting, fantastic set design and photography: so why doesn't this movie feel great? Mainly it's just that the metaphors deployed are fairly obvious and the slow, played-out peacocks' dance of romantic discovery and recrimination

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

The bowl practically screams, "Look at me! I'm a metaphor!"

January 17, 2002 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

This roundelay of relationships makes up the heart of the film and allows each of the four principals to offer sterling performances.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Baseline.Hollywood.com
Baseline.Hollywood.com

This kind of highly skilled verbal combat is reserved almost exclusively for Merchant-Ivory films, it seems.

September 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It's an interesting film with lots of wonderful moments, but in the end, it's just like all the rest.

September 28, 2001
Cinema Sight

One of James's juiciest scenarios, but barely anybody involved in this enterprise seems to have caught its groove.

September 4, 2001
Premiere Magazine

This solemn misfire is rendered with very little passion and emotion.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

After two hours of stilted dialogue (delivered by usually reliable performers who here seem totally at sea) and lush photography, your average viewer will have been massaged into a near-comatose state.

June 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The filmmakers are too wrapped up in politeness and refuse to hold the characters responsible for their despicable actions, turning them all into victims of circumstance instead.

June 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, partners for four decades with producer Ismail Merchant, don't bring much fresh air into this claustrophobic story.

June 15, 2001
Charlotte Observer

The Merchant-Ivory team ... tackle Henry James' dense, complex final novel and pull it off with decorous poise.

June 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Manages to be simultaneously magisterial and dull.

June 11, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

An elegant soap.

June 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

If we are to make any advances in the art of cinema, we're going to have to leave producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory far behind.

June 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Beautifully crafted but fatally flawed.

May 31, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The dresses in The Golden Bowl are spectacular, but the people wearing them are drips.

May 31, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Starts slow, but gathers momentum as it proceeds toward a fascinating and just conclusion for all concerned.

May 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Golden Bowl

A disappointing movie to say the least, with such an all-star cast. Nick Nolte was at his good point here, but still could only do the best he could for the scripted role he played. Uma Thurman a beautiful women even in this movie, Anjelica Houston, I could go on and on, as you see a star studded cast, and a wash out of a movie, the version I watch seemed like it was at one time supposed to be a mini Series that was cut up to make a movie. Put out by BBC Films, one of the few disappointments that they have put out. I can only manage to give it 2 stars.
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I didn't like this movie the first time, I've watched it couple more times and it has grown on me.
June 21, 2006
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