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.

Movie Info

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.

Rating: R (for a sex scene)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Box Office: $2.2M
Lions Gate Films


as Charlotte Stant

as Maggie Verver

as Prince Amerigo

as Adam Verver

as Fanny Assingham

as Col. Bob Assingham

as Lady Castledean

as Lord Castledean

as Jarvis, Shopkeeper

as Lecturer

as Principino at Five

as Duke's Younger Son

as Duke's Older Son

as The Duke

as Principino

as Nursemaid

as Vivacious Guest

as Italian Ambassador

as Photographer

as Man Talking to Castl...

as Executioner

as Lucy Moncreif

as William Davenport

as Guest at Fawns

as Guest at Fawns

as Guest at Fawns

as First Queen

as Little Prince

as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for The Golden Bowl

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (32)

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.

Full Review… | May 25, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

Despite a denouement which arrives half an hour too late, the complexities of James' work are superbly realised.

Full Review… | May 8, 2003

The Golden Bowl may not be the most exciting movie you'll ever see, but those who pay attention should find themselves pleasantly rewarded.

Full Review… | November 14, 2002

Decent screenplay, superb acting, fantastic set design and photography: so why doesn't this movie feel great? Mainly it's just that the metaphors deployed are fairly obvious and the slow, played-out peacocks' dance of romantic discovery and recrimination

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
Entertainment Today

The bowl practically screams, "Look at me! I'm a metaphor!"

Full Review… | January 17, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Golden Bowl

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

Super Reviewer

I didn't like this movie the first time, I've watched it couple more times and it has grown on me.

FanGirl Browncoat

Super Reviewer

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

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