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The Happy Prince Reviews

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November 15, 2018
Despite everything, however, Everett tells an important story about a wild man born too soon.
November 15, 2018
Everett the writer sometimes overplays things, while Everett the director lurches from one martyrdom to the next in a sort of pity-party promenade. But Everett the actor, in a role he was born to play, never makes a false move.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 12, 2018
Much of the film is heavy-handed melodrama without the irony and forgiveness that animated its protagonist's moral worldview.
November 9, 2018
An honest-but-shapeless portrait that is more than warts-and-all. It's all warts.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 8, 2018
The Happy Prince is an unapologetic character study, one that breaks through Wilde's fašade to reveal a man in turmoil, aware of his flaws, but unable to help himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 8, 2018
This film could have been an important piece of queer history that actually had a point to make, but it instead gets lost in pockets of bad and utterly boring writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 8, 2018
Rupert Everett's mostly handsome movie never quite shifts out of a languorous dies irae for a depleted soul. It hits a gear and stays there. To describe it using one of Wilde's quotes: "The world becomes a picture you can look at but never touch."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 7, 2018
We see only flashes of what made him a literary giant. The movie lacks insight and context about Wilde's life and behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2018
Rupert Everett wrote, directed and stars in this charismatic portrait of Oscar Wilde during his bitter last years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2018
Everett surely gives his all in portraying his flawed hero, but his account never matches the heft of his own performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 2, 2018
Everett's labor of love doesn't translate to the screen -- mainly because Everett's work behind the camera feels like a first time director and the screenplay meanders.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 2, 2018
What remains is courage and wit, and a resolve not to give in to the hypocrisy of the era despite the enormous personal cost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 2, 2018
The Happy Prince is a tragic masterpiece. Here Everett has given himself the role of a lifetime, and in it he succeeds magnificently.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 31, 2018
Everett's towering performance as Wilde is mesmerizing. Often shot in extreme close-up, we see every millimeter of his dissipation, but also every glimmer of stubborn, ironic wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 31, 2018
Even though it is very much a film about terminal illness and coming to terms with one's mortality, Everett has made the kind of warts-and-all portrait that matches ambition with a beguiling empathy.
October 30, 2018
You see the enormous loss, but more than that, the deflating ugliness of this world etched on Everett's face, echoing in his every gesture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
October 28, 2018
But beyond the fleeting precise observations, the film falls mostly into dull biopic mechanics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 28, 2018
"The Happy Prince" is a frustrating movie that gives us a feel for a decaying personality. But targeting the decline doesn't translate into great cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 26, 2018
... a commendable passion project that largely eschews vanity and glamour, even if Wilde's life ultimately feels less compelling than his work.
October 26, 2018
I'm a little frustrated that I didn't enjoy the movie more than I ultimately did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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