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The Golden Bowl Reviews

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
June 11, 2001
It suffers mightily from its deliberate pacing, pale characterizations, obvious plot and some woeful miscasting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
May 25, 2001
coiled, nuanced, resonant tale.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 18, 2001
In this movie, all displays of passion feel like gaudy pantomime.
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Pam Sitt
Seattle Times
May 18, 2001
It is beautifully, dramatically and grandly long, tedious, boring and slow.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
May 18, 2001
The Golden Bowl is a feast for those who love nuanced conversation, unspoken emotion and guarded looks.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2001
A fairly satisfying flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
May 18, 2001
On the whole, though, it's easy to think of this Golden Bowl as half full rather than half empty.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
| Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 17, 2001
A handsome production and a story well told.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 17, 2001
A victim of painfully drawn out excessiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 17, 2001
Looks exquisite at first, upon closer inspection its flaws become all too apparent.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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.'
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 27, 2001
Visually lovely, awkward, long-winded.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
April 27, 2001
Surprisingly gripping.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 27, 2001
Yet another Merchant Ivory triumph, with impeccable performances and equally flawless, grand period settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 26, 2001
Handsome, faithful, intelligent screen adaptation.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
April 26, 2001
Uma Thurman bares her claws in a welcome return to form.
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April 26, 2001
Beautiful, heavy, and fatally flawed.
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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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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
April 25, 2001
Amerigo and Charlotte become mere lusty opportunists, father and daughter become avenging saints.
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Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
Director James Ivory's impeccably cast and impossibly charismatic ensemble ... are uniformly splendid in their respective roles.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
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