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The Happy Prince Reviews

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January 10, 2019
Everett captures much of this, if necessarily in cinematic shorthand... Yet it's exactly Wilde's penchant for self-destruction that Everett doesn't pursue enough.
January 2, 2019
A bleak film that nevertheless brims with the spirit and cheek of Wilde himself, Everett is here revealed as the man best suited to telling this particular tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 27, 2018
It's an interesting, more sober counterpoint to 1997's Stephen Fry starring Wilde, but Happy Prince feels like more of a slog than it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2018
Astonishing for a first film...
December 17, 2018
Rupert Everett is a tour de force... being so involved on all levels must have required superhuman amounts of energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2018
Everett is writer, director and star, delivering an assured piece of storytelling which is bleakly funny and numbingly sad. His Wilde is a master of self-deception after years shining a satirical light on society; and of course a wit to the bitter end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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