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The Importance of Being Earnest Reviews

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August 20, 2018
Parker's film implicitly endorses the conventional morality that the play-a drama, let us not forget, by the author of "The Truth of Masks" and "The Decay of Lying"-so hilariously lampooned.
November 14, 2017
A more serious problem is that Parker doesn't trust his material and - under the guise of pointing up Wilde's subversive wit - has opted to play safe.
March 15, 2011
Romance and deception in Wilde's clever comedy of manners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2009
[An] utterly miscalculated film adaptation of Wilde's play.
November 1, 2007
This may be a less than ideal "Earnest," but it still has delights...
June 24, 2006
You might suppose that Oscar Wilde's theatrical evergreen is indestructible. But that would be to reckon without the intervention of 'writer'/director Parker, who really makes a pig's ear of this silk purse.
August 7, 2004
Wilde subtitled his masterpiece "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People." This movie seems intent on being a trivial comedy for trivial people.
June 25, 2004
The movie stumbles along awkwardly rather than tripping by wittily from beginning to end. The fault lies in Parker's needless embellishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 12, 2004
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2003
Always destined to be measured against Anthony Asquith's acclaimed 1952 screen adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 8, 2003
The ability to compress such a hilariously complex story into 97 minutes of film is a tribute both to Wilde's astounding economy with words and Parker's mastery of his source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 29, 2002
Could it be better cast? NO! It?s a frothy delight, true to the spirit of the original, but flavored with the permissiveness of the present.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2002
The souffle rises about a quarter of the way before stodgily collapsing in Oliver Parker's new version of Oscar Wilde's classic.
September 30, 2002
Despite a few distracting cinematic touches, Oliver Parker's 'Earnest' effort is a joy to watch -- and to hear.
September 11, 2002
Shot in lavish Technicolor but restricted to a few well-designed sets, The Importance of Being Earnest is a small cinematic gem.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
August 26, 2002
While the film doesn't quite stake its claim as a definitive reimagination, it is nonetheless a fun, energetic treatment of an engaging story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 26, 2002
Handled correctly, Wilde's play is a masterpiece of elegant wit and artifice. Here, alas, it collapses like an overcooked soufflé.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2002
...a curiously unambitious film, content to fill up a couple of hours with sugar talk and pretty pictures
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: C
July 20, 2002
The Importance of Being Earnest resonates and inspires rapid-fire bouts of laughter, perhaps even a few giggles from the author himself, whom posterity has rewarded the last laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 20, 2002
The film lacked the capriciousness it required...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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