Wilde (1998)




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Movie Info

The life of Oscar Wilde, at least that part pertaining to his sex life, Lord Alfred Douglas and his ruinous trial for indecency.

Rating: R (For strong sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Julian Mitchell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 19, 2002
Sony Pictures Classics


as Oscar Wilde

as Lord Alfred Douglas

as Speranza

as Constance

as Marquess of Queensbe...

as Lady Queensberry

as Lady Mount-Temple

as Robert Ross

as John Gray

as Lionel Johnson

as Ernest Dowson

as Charles Gill

as C.O. Humphreys

as Edward Carson

as Cyril Wilde

as Cyril Wilde (age 4)

as Vyvyan Wilde

as Alfred Wood

as Charles Parker

as Alfred Taylor

as Mine Owner

as Jones

as First Miner

as Second Friend

as First Friend

as Undergraduate

as George Alexander

as Lady Bracknell

as Miss Prism

as Algernon

as Gwendolen

as Mrs. Allonby

as Lord Illingworth
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Critic Reviews for Wilde

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (12)

A tony biopic that manages to combine an upfront portrayal of the scribe's gayness with an often moving examination of his broader emotions and artistic ideals.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

If anybody was born to play Oscar Wilde, it must have been Stephen Fry: not only does he look like the Green Carnation Man, but he himself is often portrayed as being too clever, too complex for his own good.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Likely to remain the definitive screen treatment of Oscar Wilde for years to come.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The closest thing the movie has to a point of view is a tendentious and mystifying voice-over, in which Fry reads excerpts from Wilde's fairy tale about a selfish giant who banishes his children from his garden.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Stephen Fry brings a depth and gentleness to the role that says what can be said about Oscar Wilde: that he was a funny and gifted idealist in a society that valued hypocrisy above honesty.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Stephen Fry is extraordinary as Oscar Wilde, but the movie lacks balance and finesse and comes across as a TV movie of the week.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Wilde


The acting was good, but Jude Law's character is so whiny and hateful, it's almost like watching two hours of an abusive relationship.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

A melodrama with a wonderful portray of Wilde, but lacking the signature Wilde wit.

Fry is genius, Law is less than desirable

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Biopic of a genuis, starring a genius.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

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