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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.
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
May 25, 2002
While The Importance of Being Earnest offers opportunities for occasional smiles and chuckles, it doesn't give us a reason to be in the theater beyond Wilde's wit and the actors' performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2002
[Everett] mugs away desperately as the feckless Algernon Moncrieff and overplays Mutt to the Jeff of Colin Firth, who renders earnest Jack Worthing in his usual key of hunky worrywart as he struggles opposite Frances O'Connor's wan Gwendolen.
May 23, 2002
Parker probably thinks he's shaking up a classic the way Kenneth Branagh and Baz Luhrmann have, but this half-hearted messing-about just makes us miss Wilde's still-contemporary play.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 4, 2002
An often-deadly boring, strange reading of a classic whose witty dialogue is treated with a baffling casual approach
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
June 1, 2002
Why should director Oliver Parker hang his head? It's a multiple choice question.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 10, 2002
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
May 15, 2002
Somewhere buried beneath the frippery and undergrad-comedy-revue jokiness of Oliver Parker's adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde, yearning to get a word in edgewise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 22, 2002
What Wilde regarded as 'a trivial comedy for serious people,' Parker has made over into a trivial comedy for trivial people.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 23, 2002
Director Oliver Parker labors so hard to whip life into The Importance of Being Earnest that he probably pulled a muscle or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 24, 2002
Parker dams the flow of Wilde's brilliant comic revelations and reversals with contrived visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 24, 2002
Despite the sparkling source material ... this romp through Victorian parlors frequently falls flat on its rump.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 24, 2002
To take a big fat wrecking ball to one of the surefire delights of world theater -- well, that requires energy and invention ... Oliver Parker does that here, and the result is a frustrating, boring mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 26, 2009
[An] utterly miscalculated film adaptation of Wilde's play.
May 23, 2002
This Earnest misses the play's biggest joke: There's nothing the least bit earnest about any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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