A Good Woman Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 3, 2006
Something is wrong with A Good Woman: The lightning never strikes. It's never quite alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
February 3, 2006
The third and very least of the films based on Lady Windermere's Fan, A Good Woman proves itself to be downright bad.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
February 3, 2006
The movie is gorgeous to look at, the script has a killer twist and the cast is competent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 3, 2006
A Good Woman is such a dreary affair that it makes you wonder whether the last Wilde adaptation -- the critically lambasted The Importance of Being Earnest with Reese Witherspoon -- was really that bad after all.
| Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2006
A good woman (or a good movie) may not be as hard to find as a good man, but you have to know where to look. This is worth checking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 3, 2006
Besides the consuming, universal glibness of its characters, A Good Woman is also undermined by some ditsy casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 3, 2006
The barbs fly with zest and impeccable comic timing in A Good Woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
February 3, 2006
A Good Woman won't ruin anyone's day, but it won't make anyone's either, and it won't get the great Irish playwright anything like the admiration his work deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
February 3, 2006
As a rule I'm a pushover for Oscar Wilde's brand of high-flown drollery. But A Good Woman, director Mike Barker's film version of Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, left me high, dry and grumpy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
February 3, 2006
It isn't exactly miscasting that sabotages `A Good Woman' as much as it is the timing of the casting at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 3, 2006
For those in the mood for love, A Good Woman is more than good. It's one of the best films of the new year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 3, 2006
Rarely have so many regularly employed professionals created something so utterly undistinguished as A Good Woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
February 3, 2006
For the eyes, it's a cinematic banquet filled with the colors, wardrobe and scenery of 1930s Italy. For the mind, it's a sleek, intelligent story about love and money.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 3, 2006
A Good Woman above all lacks the joyful, lucid anger that lights up Wilde's plays -- the sense that beneath the witticisms he's telling it like it is to people who aren't used to hearing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 3, 2006
Strained of much of its Englishness...A Good Woman earns most of its good will from those Wildean epigrams.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
February 3, 2006
Wilde provides the quips, Helen Hunt the acting chops, Scarlett Johansson the ample bosom, and all of it is filtered through golden mediterranean light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
February 3, 2006
As period dramas go, this Woman is accessible, but not nearly as delightful as the recent Pride & Prejudice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
February 2, 2006
AS IF Helen Hunt could ever steal a guy away from Scarlett Johansson
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
February 2, 2006
Without an incisive satirical tone and with the shift of both period and location, 'A Good Woman' loses its bite.
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