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The Happy Prince (2018)



Critic Consensus: A passion project for writer, director, and star Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince pays effective tribute to Oscar Wilde with a poignant look at his tragic final days.

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The last days of Oscar Wilde -- and the ghosts that haunted them -- are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett's directorial debut. Everett gives a career defining performance as Wilde, physically and emotionally embodying the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe. His body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him. As the film travels through Wilde's final act and journeys through England, France and Italy, desire and loyalty face off, the transience of lust is laid bare, and the true riches of love are revealed.


Rupert Everett
as Oscar Wilde
Colin Firth
as Reggie Turner
Colin Morgan
as Alfred Bosie Douglas
Emily Watson
as Constance Wilde
Tom Wilkinson
as Fr Dunne
Anna Chancellor
as Mrs. Arbuthnott
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All Critics (111) | Top Critics (21)

An honest-but-shapeless portrait that is more than warts-and-all. It's all warts.

November 9, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The title of Oscar Wilde's fairy tale "The Happy Prince" was not his subtlest use of irony, but as seen in Rupert Everett's film that bears the same name, it was tragically apt.

October 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Florid but warmhearted - much like the man at its center - "The Happy Prince" is a haunting portrait of the aftermath of betrayal; of how the master of comedy became a tragedy.

October 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a passion project that never devolves into mere passion; a sober (if loving) look at an inebriated soul.

October 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Everett] delivers a towering and persuasive performance in a mostly sombre and sorrowful film and, as director, does a fine job of capturing the period detail.

October 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Happy Prince" is a genuine passion project, a creative act existing completely in its own space and on its own terms.

October 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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Everett directs his debut feature with such a heavy hand, using a lot of expository dialogue and coming up with artificial scenes that make it seem like a lame soap opera. Besides, his Oscar Wilde is almost a caricature and his intentions get completely lost in their transition to the screen.

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