A Good Woman (2006)



Critic Consensus: This adaptation of Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan lacks bite due to liberties taken with the source material, coupled with uneven performances.

Movie Info

One of Oscar Wilde's most popular plays is given a new screen interpretation in this period comedy. In New York in the early '30s, Mrs. Erlynne (Helen Hunt) is a widow who lives comfortably through the largesse of several married men, and when she runs out of wealthy suitors in Manhattan, she decides to find greener pastures among the wealthy elite of Italy's Amalfi coast. Mrs. Erlynne sets her sights on Robert Windermere (Mark Umbers), a wealthy Englishman who is married to the young, innocent … More

Rating: PG (for thematic material, sensuality and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Howard Himelstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2006
Box Office: $97.1k
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as Mrs. Erlynne

as Meg Windermere

as Lord Darlington

as Robert Windermere

as Contessa Lucchino

as Lady Plymdale

as Mrs. Stutfield

as Alessandra

as Francesca

as Waiter Joe

as Hotel Desk Clerk

as Giuseppina

as Antique Shop Keeper

as Dress Shop Salesgirl

as Dress Shop Owner

as Stella's Maid No. 1

as Stella's Maid No. 2

as Mrs. Gowper
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Critic Reviews for A Good Woman

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (33)

... willfully odd movie ...

Full Review… | February 17, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A wet teabag of a movie.

Full Review… | February 16, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

A Good Woman suffers from a staggeringly bad miscasting of its central role and from a cut-and-paste screenplay that substitutes random insertions of Wilde epigrams for character.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Something is wrong with A Good Woman: The lightning never strikes. It's never quite alive.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Wilde isn't supposed to be lovely, or charming. He's supposed to be funny, wicked, rude and as full of serious feeling as a lavender butterfly.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic


Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Audience Reviews for A Good Woman

A woman suspects her husband of infidelity when an older woman who has a sullied reputation comes to town.
Why do modern directors and writers think they are smarter than some of the best writers in the English language? In this case, Oscar Wilde's great play Lady Windemere's Fan gets distorted, the worst sin coming in the third act of the film. In addition to alterations in the plot, writer Howard Himelstein interjects some of Wilde's random witticisms into the script; for example, there is little reason why America being the only country to go from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between should be included in the film. It's funny, of course, but out of place.
Helen Hunt does not deliver a strong performance. I often thought that Wilde's sophisticated dialogue puts Hunt out of her element, and Scarlett Johannson isn't much better. Obviously the Britons, Tom Wilkinson and Stephen Campbell Moore aren't similarly affected.
Overall, the source material is strong, but the film isn't.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

What a strange title... almost all the women pissed me off in this movie. I take that back; all the characters pissed me off. There is so much deceit, cheating, and dishonesty going about this plot that we, as the audience, don't know who to root for. There's a group that are the gossipers, Helen Hunt's the seductress, Scarlett Johansson wavers between loyalty and betrayal, and worst of all, Stephen Campbell Moore tries his hardest to break the bond of marriage to satiate his want to sleep with a hot girl. Yeah, you heard me; Campbell Moore says that he does it for the sake of "love" but I call it a booty call, and I make that assumption based on his annoying ass character's mannerisms and actions. What particularly annoyed me the most was how almost everyone within this movie was NOT genuine until the movie decides to wrap everything up with a happy, feel-good ending.

"A Good Woman" is put together sloppily with very generic techniques that add nothing to the subpar plot with some of the most annoying side characters I've seen in a very long time. This movie is not worth a watch.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer


its an alright film

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