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The Happy Prince Reviews

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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 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 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 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
A passion project for Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince is his tribute to the late writer, Oscar Wilde.
October 25, 2018
Both behind and in front of the camera, Everett acquits himself well, paying powerful tribute to a man ravaged by a society that should have been applauding him.
October 25, 2018
Everett excels in the role and proves to be an effective writer and director who knows his subject well and knows how he wants to portray Wilde's final years.
October 25, 2018
Given a role built exactly to his strengths, Butler also gives maybe his finest performance as Hunter Killer's first-time commander.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2018
Everett's brilliant portrayal exposes Oscar Wilde's soul to moviegoers. It's a role the English actor was destined to play after wallowing in related territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5 /4
October 24, 2018
Melancholy but witty and warm portrait of the Great Artist as a broken man, firmly in the present when he would be happiest lost in his past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2018
As fascinating as the story is, Wilde's faded glory is evident in every aspect of the film, giving an overall veil of decay and a need for fresh air.
October 21, 2018
A passion project that is also, in a sense, an attempt to reclaim Everett himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2018
Everett's finely tuned film provides a deeply felt coda to a story that has become ever more relevant over the course of the hundred-plus years since it happened.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 19, 2018
It's a passion project that never devolves into mere passion; a sober (if loving) look at an inebriated soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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