The Golden Bowl Reviews

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Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
May 8, 2003
Despite a denouement which arrives half an hour too late, the complexities of James' work are superbly realised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
November 14, 2002
The Golden Bowl may not be the most exciting movie you'll ever see, but those who pay attention should find themselves pleasantly rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
October 21, 2002
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
Full Review | Original Score: C
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
January 17, 2002
The bowl practically screams, "Look at me! I'm a metaphor!"
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ted Murphy
Baseline.Hollywood.com
December 21, 2001
This roundelay of relationships makes up the heart of the film and allows each of the four principals to offer sterling performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 30, 2001
This kind of highly skilled verbal combat is reserved almost exclusively for Merchant-Ivory films, it seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 28, 2001
It's an interesting film with lots of wonderful moments, but in the end, it's just like all the rest.
| Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 4, 2001
One of James's juiciest scenarios, but barely anybody involved in this enterprise seems to have caught its groove.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 13, 2001
This solemn misfire is rendered with very little passion and emotion.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 29, 2001
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.
Serena Donadoni
Orlando Weekly
June 21, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
June 15, 2001
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 11, 2001
The Merchant-Ivory team ... tackle Henry James' dense, complex final novel and pull it off with decorous poise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
June 11, 2001
It suffers mightily from its deliberate pacing, pale characterizations, obvious plot and some woeful miscasting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
June 11, 2001
Manages to be simultaneously magisterial and dull.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 8, 2001
An elegant soap.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 4, 2001
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.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 31, 2001
Beautifully crafted but fatally flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 31, 2001
The dresses in The Golden Bowl are spectacular, but the people wearing them are drips.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 29, 2001
Starts slow, but gathers momentum as it proceeds toward a fascinating and just conclusion for all concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
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