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The Golden Bowl (2000)



Critic Consensus: Coming from the Merchant-Ivory team, The Golden Bowl is visually stunning, but the filmmakers have difficulty in transporting the characterizations of the Henry James novel to the screen.

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Set in the opulent social scene of England and Italy between 1903 and 1909, the story of two marriages dangerously intertwined in a web of secrets and lies. Adam Verner, an American billionaire art collector, and his sheltered daughter Maggie marry, only to discover that their respective spouses--the beautiful American expatriate Charlotte Stant and the illustrious but bankrupt Italian aristocrat Prince Amerigo-are romantically entangled with one another.
R (for a sex scene)
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Lions Gate Films

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Uma Thurman
as Charlotte Stant
Kate Beckinsale
as Maggie Verver
Jeremy Northam
as Prince Amerigo
Nick Nolte
as Adam Verver
Anjelica Huston
as Fanny Assingham
James Fox
as Col. Bob Assingham
Madeleine Potter
as Lady Castledean
Nicholas Day
as Lord Castledean
Peter Eyre
as Jarvis, Shopkeeper
Nickolas Grace
as Lecturer
Robin Hart Smith
as Mr. Blint
Daniel Byam Shaw
as Principino at Five
Francesco Giuffrida
as Duke's Younger Son
Marta Paola Richeldi
as The Duchess
Rossano Rubicondi
as Duke's Older Son
Mattia Sbragia
as The Duke
Billy Monger
as Principino
Pauline Rainer
as Nursemaid
Susan Gutfreund
as Vivacious Guest
Arturo Venegas
as Italian Ambassador
Raymond Green
as Photographer
Anthony Bevan
as Butler
Neville Phillips
as Man Talking to Castledean
Paul Bradley
as Executioner
Lucy Freeman
as Lucy Moncreif
Phillip Tabor
as William Davenport
Catherine Aldrich
as Guest at Fawns
Isabel de Pelet
as Guest at Fawns
Richard MacRory
as Guest at Fawns
Caroline Burnaby-Atkins
as Guest at Fawns
Antonia Franceschi
as First Queen
William Dignon
as Little Prince
Ray Souza
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for The Golden Bowl

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (27)

It suffers mightily from its deliberate pacing, pale characterizations, obvious plot and some woeful miscasting.

Full Review… | June 11, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

coiled, nuanced, resonant tale.

May 25, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

In this movie, all displays of passion feel like gaudy pantomime.

May 18, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It is beautifully, dramatically and grandly long, tedious, boring and slow.

Full Review… | May 18, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Makes the viewer wish that Ivory had cast a more accomplished actress -- Kate Winslet, perhaps, or Cate Blanchett -- who could give dimension to the character and indicate subtext in a way that Thurman can't.

Full Review… | May 18, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The Golden Bowl is a feast for those who love nuanced conversation, unspoken emotion and guarded looks.

May 18, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Golden Bowl

Other than the superb "Remains of the Day," I've never been very impressed with Mr. Ivory's work, and I credit that more to Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. This is as boring as stuffy old literature can get.

Jeff B
Jeff B

Beautifully produced. The costumes and sets are fantastic. The cinematography is amazing. The cast is great, especially Uma Thurman. With these period pieces, sometimes I get bored. And I did get bored at times with The Golden Bowl. It is too long as well, which did not help.

James Higgins
James Higgins

A disappointing movie to say the least, with such an all-star cast. Nick Nolte was at his good point here, but still could only do the best he could for the scripted role he played. Uma Thurman a beautiful women even in this movie, Anjelica Houston, I could go on and on, as you see a star studded cast, and a wash out of a movie, the version I watch seemed like it was at one time supposed to be a mini Series that was cut up to make a movie. Put out by BBC Films, one of the few disappointments that they have put out. I can only manage to give it 2 stars.

Bruce Bruce
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