The Importance of Being Earnest Reviews

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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.
August 9, 2002
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.
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 15, 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.
August 7, 2008
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