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 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 26, 2009
[An] utterly miscalculated film adaptation of Wilde's play.
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.
May 22, 2003
Always destined to be measured against Anthony Asquith's acclaimed 1952 screen adaptation.
May 20, 2003
March 10, 2003
October 30, 2002
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 22, 2002
August 26, 2002
Handled correctly, Wilde's play is a masterpiece of elegant wit and artifice. Here, alas, it collapses like an overcooked soufflé.
July 31, 2002
...a curiously unambitious film, content to fill up a couple of hours with sugar talk and pretty pictures
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.
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.
June 28, 2002
'In this poor remake of such a well loved classic, Parker exposes the limitations of his skill and the basic flaws in his vision.'
June 10, 2002
June 6, 2002
Though Mr. Parker's The Importance of Being Earnest is pleasant enough in its casting and performances, it doesn't work as it should.
June 4, 2002
An often-deadly boring, strange reading of a classic whose witty dialogue is treated with a baffling casual approach
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