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The Golden Bowl Reviews

August 8, 2017
'Golden Bowl' Cracked: Merchant/Ivory's Misstep with Henry James
June 11, 2001
It suffers mightily from its deliberate pacing, pale characterizations, obvious plot and some woeful miscasting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 25, 2001
coiled, nuanced, resonant tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2001
In this movie, all displays of passion feel like gaudy pantomime.
May 18, 2001
It is beautifully, dramatically and grandly long, tedious, boring and slow.
May 18, 2001
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 | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2001
The Golden Bowl is a feast for those who love nuanced conversation, unspoken emotion and guarded looks.
May 18, 2001
Ivory has been away from period literary adaptations, backbone of the Merchant Ivory reputation, for some time. It's good to have him back, but Golden Bowl shows he needs to do some work to reacquire his golden touch.
May 18, 2001
A fairly satisfying flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2001
On the whole, though, it's easy to think of this Golden Bowl as half full rather than half empty.
May 18, 2001
May not be the best film to come from the Ismail Merchant/James Ivory team, but it's certainly one of the most beautiful.
Read More | Original Score: B-
May 18, 2001
It kept me at arm's length, but that is where I am supposed to be; the characters are after all at arm's length from each other, and the tragedy of the story is implied but never spoken aloud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2001
A handsome production and a story well told.
May 17, 2001
A victim of painfully drawn out excessiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 17, 2001
If not for its high-cult pedigree -- from a Henry James novel, adapted by the tony Merchant-Ivory team -- The Golden Bowl would seem the stuff of raging soap opera.
May 17, 2001
Looks exquisite at first, upon closer inspection its flaws become all too apparent.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 2, 2001
The novel is inevitably stripped of its rich characterological garments and is left relatively naked as a clever plot -- in the basest sense 'theatrical.'
April 27, 2001
Visually lovely, awkward, long-winded.
April 27, 2001
Surprisingly gripping.
April 27, 2001
Yet another Merchant Ivory triumph, with impeccable performances and equally flawless, grand period settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
April 26, 2001
Handsome, faithful, intelligent screen adaptation.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 26, 2001
Uma Thurman bares her claws in a welcome return to form.
April 26, 2001
Beautiful, heavy, and fatally flawed.
April 26, 2001
A watchable but rather bare-bones entry in the Merchant Ivory canon.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 25, 2001
Amerigo and Charlotte become mere lusty opportunists, father and daughter become avenging saints.
January 1, 2000
Director James Ivory's impeccably cast and impossibly charismatic ensemble ... are uniformly splendid in their respective roles.
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.
Read More | Original Score: C