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A Good Woman Reviews

February 18, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 17, 2006
... willfully odd movie ...
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 16, 2006
A wet teabag of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 3, 2006
A Good Woman suffers from a staggeringly bad miscasting of its central role and from a cut-and-paste screenplay that substitutes random insertions of Wilde epigrams for character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 3, 2006
Something is wrong with A Good Woman: The lightning never strikes. It's never quite alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2006
Wilde isn't supposed to be lovely, or charming. He's supposed to be funny, wicked, rude and as full of serious feeling as a lavender butterfly.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2006
A Good Woman is such a dreary affair that it makes you wonder whether the last Wilde adaptation -- the critically lambasted The Importance of Being Earnest with Reese Witherspoon -- was really that bad after all.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2006
Besides the consuming, universal glibness of its characters, A Good Woman is also undermined by some ditsy casting.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2006
The barbs fly with zest and impeccable comic timing in A Good Woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2006
A Good Woman won't ruin anyone's day, but it won't make anyone's either, and it won't get the great Irish playwright anything like the admiration his work deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 3, 2006
For those in the mood for love, A Good Woman is more than good. It's one of the best films of the new year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 3, 2006
Rarely have so many regularly employed professionals created something so utterly undistinguished as A Good Woman.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2006
For the eyes, it's a cinematic banquet filled with the colors, wardrobe and scenery of 1930s Italy. For the mind, it's a sleek, intelligent story about love and money.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 3, 2006
A Good Woman above all lacks the joyful, lucid anger that lights up Wilde's plays -- the sense that beneath the witticisms he's telling it like it is to people who aren't used to hearing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 2, 2006
The source material and supporting actors make A Good Woman a fairly good movie. But the performances by Helen Hunt as an aging seductress and Scarlett Johansson as a young bride are closer to mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2006
All the fun in A Good Woman occurs off in the corners, while the action in center-frame does little to capture your fancy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 2, 2006
A clever rearranging of Oscar Wilde's first great play, Lady Windermere's Fan.
February 2, 2006
[Tom] Wilkinson artfully deepens a character who in Wilde's original play was rather boobish. It's a marvelous performance in a pretty good film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 2, 2006
A Good Woman has the will to adapt Wilde to a fresh milieu, but not the way.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 2, 2006
This misbegotten adaptation of Oscar Wildes 1892 comedy Lady Windermeres Fan lacks Wilde's high-toned repartee.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
February 2, 2006
It might be empty calories, but A Good Woman is a tasty bonbon, the equal of the recent film version of Wilde's An Ideal Husband.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2006
The film has been relocated from 19th century London to Italy's Amalfi coast in the 1930s, the resort backdrop and the randiness of the female characters giving the enterprise a sort of 'Girls Gone Wilde' feel.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 2, 2006
The movie's attempt to update the play from Victorian England to 1930s Italy is so clumsy, tedious and pleased with itself that you wish Wilde himself would return from the dead to fire a few cogent, lethal bon mots at its backside.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 2, 2006
A stunning setting, clever dialogue, gorgeous period costumes by John Bloomfield (he did last year's Being Julia) and a honey of a performance by Wilkinson as a practical man of great means who sees nothing wrong in being wanted for his money.
Read More | Original Score: B+
February 2, 2006
Wilde himself would have rolled his eyes at Mike Barker's shallow effort to spiff up the play for transatlantic markets.
February 1, 2006
An unsorted pile of misappropriated period-piece conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
January 31, 2006
This Good Woman is an amiable drama queen, sluggish of gait and reliant on retail therapy.
January 31, 2006
Although the narrative of A Good Woman exists primarily as an excuse for Wilde's dialogue, it works well enough to satisfy in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 25, 2006
Except for the expert Tom Wilkinson as Tuppy, a wealthy swain of Stella's, the acting ranges from amateurish to atrocious.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 6, 2004
Oscar Wilde's social satire steps out of the parlor with mixed, if extremely witty, results.