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The Golden Bowl Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 31, 2001
The dresses in The Golden Bowl are spectacular, but the people wearing them are drips.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 4, 2001
If we are to make any advances in the art of cinema, we're going to have to leave producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory far behind.
Christopher Null
December 20, 2001
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
October 21, 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 | Original Score: C
Carlo Cavagna
January 17, 2002
The bowl practically screams, "Look at me! I'm a metaphor!"
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 27, 2001
The movie establishes good will (or even great will) in the initial scenes because it's so gorgeous, but the rest is such a slog that even the revealed significance of the title artifact elicits a shrug.
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John Anderson
April 27, 2001
Visually lovely, awkward, long-winded.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 17, 2001
Looks exquisite at first, upon closer inspection its flaws become all too apparent.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 18, 2001
In this movie, all displays of passion feel like gaudy pantomime.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
May 18, 2001
Although aficionados of art house pictures will probably eat up what's offered here, there isn't enough substance or story - despite the interwoven setup and potential -- to compensate for the long and slow feeling running time.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
May 1, 2001
Neither the embarassment some made it out to be nor the pleasant surprise that sometimes becomes of films befallen with an early bad reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Emanuel Levy
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, James' deft portrait of human frailty and his experimentation in narrative mode only intermittently find vivid expression in the work of Ivory and screenwriter Prawer Jhabvala.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Thomson
January 1, 2000
The Golden Bowl is too often one-dimensional and obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
April 25, 2001
Amerigo and Charlotte become mere lusty opportunists, father and daughter become avenging saints.
Bilge Ebiri
April 26, 2001
A distracted, emotionless affair.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 26, 2001
A watchable but rather bare-bones entry in the Merchant Ivory canon.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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April 26, 2001
Beautiful, heavy, and fatally flawed.
Dave White
April 26, 2001
Too bad the costumes are more interesting than the characters.
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
April 27, 2001
Beautiful to look at, but flawed and, ultimately, useless.
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