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The Happy Prince (2018)


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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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Critic Reviews for The Happy Prince

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (6)

As a director, Everett is sometimes heavy-handed, but the performances, and the undeniable injustice of Wilde's ordeal, make for a tragedy worthy of its drama-loving subject.

June 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Happy Prince proves that a film can be both bleak and warm-spirited, as befits its mighty subject.

June 13, 2018 | Full Review…

There's nothing happy here.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

He's a strikingly tragic creature, but "The Happy Prince" struggles to say much more about that conundrum, leaving one to contemplate the potential had [Oscar] Wilde emerged from retirement to fill in the blanks.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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As a final, permanent showcase for a role Everett was born to play, then, "The Happy Prince" does the job.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…
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An absorbing but shapeless bio-drama that never gains much steam.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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