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Wilde Reviews

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Derek Elley
March 26, 2009
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
September 17, 2003
Stephen Fry captures Wilde completely.
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 28, 2003
[Stephen Fry] was born to play Oscar Wilde!
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 10, 2003
There's never been a better story about the misadventures of one of the world's greatest writer. Fry should have been Oscar nominated, and Law is equally electrifying.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Julian Mitchell's script freely doles out all kinds of pithy, self-conscious bon mots among its cast, but doesn't bother to flesh out convincingly the emotional conflicts and dramas in which the characters find themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 9, 2003
Fry is great, though the film struggles to make a lasting impression.
| Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine
January 4, 2003
Call it "The Picture of Oscar Gray" or "The Importance of Being Overly Earnest." Somberness aside, "Wilde" is still worth placing a green carnation in your lapel for and scampering off to see.
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Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A plodding, downbeat drama with all potential for mirth drained from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
This tale about the genius of paradox presents its own curious puzzle: how a life of such epic passion and tragedy can elicit so little emotional pull.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
The film depicts the shadow side of yearning. When stoked by pride, it can lead to a headlong plunge into self-destruction.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
[A] well-done biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Likely to remain the definitive screen treatment of Oscar Wilde for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
You would think the life of Oscar Wilde would lend itself more to film. Not so. This biopic is unfathomably boring and ultimately pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beth Porter
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
A gelid, often charmless affair which flirts with us, but ultimately fails to consummate the relationship.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A superficial drama that seems to be more concerned with portraying realistic gay sex scenes more than with telling us what made the man tick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carol Lloyd
January 1, 2000
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.
Ted Prigge
January 1, 2000
Despite a few shortcomings, Wilde is a magnificently film, filled with a sometimes sensual feeling, and filled with the same way of looking at history as A Man for All Seasons did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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