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The Importance of Being Earnest Reviews

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
March 15, 2011
Romance and deception in Wilde's clever comedy of manners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 26, 2009
[An] utterly miscalculated film adaptation of Wilde's play.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
This may be a less than ideal "Earnest," but it still has delights...
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 12, 2004
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
May 22, 2003
Always destined to be measured against Anthony Asquith's acclaimed 1952 screen adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
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
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
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.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 30, 2002
Despite a few distracting cinematic touches, Oliver Parker's 'Earnest' effort is a joy to watch -- and to hear.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
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+
Jason Best
BBC.com
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...a curiously unambitious film, content to fill up a couple of hours with sugar talk and pretty pictures
Full Review| Original Score: C
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 20, 2002
The film lacked the capriciousness it required...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 15, 2002
It's so full of wrong choices that all you can do is shake your head in disbelief -- and worry about what classic Oliver Parker intends to mangle next time.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 8, 2002
Like watching a dress rehearsal the week before the show goes up: everything's in place but something's just a little off-kilter.
| Original Score: 2/5
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