An Ideal Husband Reviews

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Time Out
March 2, 2011
The bright, crisp design, Wilde's arch eloquence and a classy company help to camouflage the shortcomings.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 2010
An enjoyable, minor, lustrously shot revamping of Oscar Wilde's play about the perpetually interlocked manners of love and deception.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Derek Elley
Variety
June 19, 2008
Smooth-flowing direction, a shrewdly pruned script and a top-flight ensemble cast that visibly relishes both the dialogue and one another's perfs make this a tony item for upscale, mature audiences.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Parker has made a sensible cinematic translation of Wilde's play, intercutting scenes which would have been played consecutively on the stage.
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
[I]t's likely that Mr. Wilde, who once wrote, 'A poet can survive anything but a misprint,' would have been less than thrilled with the result.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Wilde was always about lots more than witty repartee, and as sparkling as his play is as drawing-room comedy, it reveals his concern with the timeless values of unselfish love and forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
[T]his Husband plods and ambles and bears the burden of a soundtrack that resembles a wimpy meditation tape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Much of the four acts of An Ideal Husband, a serious comedy, is constructed out of flip one-liners, most of which remain, though Parker has added a few, all unworthy of the master.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
An irresistible concoction of brilliant dialogue, sumptuous set design, top-notch acting, and a plot littered with Machiavellian twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
An Ideal Husband works because Wilde created an expert mechanism (kind of slow-motion serious screwball comedy) for manipulating the plot and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Our familiarity with the actors, and their comfort in this period setting, lend the piece an unexpected air of naturalism.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Parker, who himself adapted Wilde's play for the movie, takes what to purists may be an unforgivable number of liberties with the story, fleshing out the plot and even adding dialogue.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
[The] film is hardly memorable, but it's amusing enough for two hours, and it never panders or cloys.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
In adapting the play, Mr. Parker has streamlined and rewritten Wilde's dialogue, keeping some (but not all) of Wilde's biting epigrams and scraping off a lot (perhaps too much) of the Victorian crust.