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The Happy Prince Reviews

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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 12, 2018
Much of the film is heavy-handed melodrama without the irony and forgiveness that animated its protagonist's moral worldview.
October 28, 2018
But beyond the fleeting precise observations, the film falls mostly into dull biopic mechanics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 10, 2018
Because of the lack of depth in supporting characters and half-baked writing, this movie couldn't have ended fast enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 4, 2018
Everett tips the movie over into ridiculousness when he starts making barely veiled allusions to Wilde as a Christ-like figure. I don't know if it's hilarious or unnerving to think that Everett must think of himself that way too.
October 9, 2018
Everett finds a less fascinating avenue into the vagabond's tragic life. At least it looks gorgeous.
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
October 23, 2018
Wilde was wildly self-indulgent, so that's somewhat forgivable, but it's a take on his life so resolutely focused on wallowing in that one specific character trait that the film built around him never creates any lasting sparks.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 25, 2018
Wilde's painful decline is drenched in romantic idealism - in a fictional touch, he becomes a father figure to adorable French orphans - and worsened by Everett's reluctance to rein in the sprawl of characters and dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 22, 2018
The Happy Prince is surprisingly uncinematic, and even the light and colour of southern Italy are not capitalised on by Everett's direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 17, 2018
Everett's familiarity with Wilde's work means that he gets the lyrical patter just right and his connection to the character feels genuine. A shame, then, that the film's formal qualities are so distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 12, 2018
There's no denying the love put into this craft, but the end result feels basic, bland, safe, and intended for Rupert Everett himself more than any audience
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 13, 2018
It's well crafted and compelling at times thanks mostly to the casts' efforts, but there is an emptiness that permeates through the film as if a significant piece of Wilde's demise is missing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 20, 2018
Everett's admiration for Wilde far outweighs his inspiration in turning one of the most colorful characters of the 19th century into a bloated, lifeless fuddy-dud.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 27, 2018
Rupert Everett the writer-director isn't as impressive as Rupert Everett the actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 19, 2018
It's a performance worth indulging, even if, on the whole, Everett's impassioned project isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
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 3, 2018
For every haunting sequence in The Happy Prince, there's five that redundantly wallow in Wilde's misery, which is Everett's point, but it becomes wearisome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 19, 2018
...[focuses on] the least interesting period in Wilde's life, his final years of decline, and fails to make a case for why the viewer should care.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 11, 2018
A lugubrious slog... We never get a good sense of who Wilde was; it's just a recitation of events.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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