Wilde

Wilde

71%
  • R, 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Brian Gilbert
    In Theaters:
    May 1, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 19, 2002
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Wilde Reviews

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Derek Elley
Variety
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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 Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 26, 2006
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

Stephen Fry captures Wilde completely.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 17, 2003
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

[Stephen Fry] was born to play Oscar Wilde!

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B-

June 28, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

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

February 10, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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 Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: D+

January 10, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Fry is great, though the film struggles to make a lasting impression.

| Original Score: 3/5

January 9, 2003
Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine

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.

Full Review

January 4, 2003
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine

A plodding, downbeat drama with all potential for mirth drained from it.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 5, 2002
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix

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.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

March 24, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The film depicts the shadow side of yearning. When stoked by pride, it can lead to a headlong plunge into self-destruction.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 2, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

[A] well-done biopic.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 28, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Likely to remain the definitive screen treatment of Oscar Wilde for years to come.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2001
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Beth Porter
Film Journal International

A gelid, often charmless affair which flirts with us, but ultimately fails to consummate the relationship.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Carol Lloyd
Salon.com
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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 Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Ted Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
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