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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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
David Ansen
November 1, 2007
This may be a less than ideal "Earnest," but it still has delights...

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
January 12, 2004
Click to read review
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
June 20, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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+
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: B
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
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-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 28, 2002
It's a frolicsome ball of fluff that is just so darned enjoyable. I hoped it would never end.
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly
June 27, 2002
"...something appears to have been lost in the translation this time. The Importance of Being Earnest movie seems to be missing a great deal of the acerbic repartee of the play."
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 18, 2002
Parker holds true to Wilde's own vision of a pure comedy with absolutely no meaning, and no desire to be anything but a polished, sophisticated entertainment that is in love with its own cleverness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 1, 2002
Adam Nayman
June 1, 2002
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