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The Happy Prince Reviews

November 9, 2018
An honest-but-shapeless portrait that is more than warts-and-all. It's all warts.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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 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
October 18, 2018
[Everett] delivers a towering and persuasive performance in a mostly sombre and sorrowful film and, as director, does a fine job of capturing the period detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2018
"The Happy Prince" is a genuine passion project, a creative act existing completely in its own space and on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 15, 2018
"The Happy Prince" conveys the declining Wilde's pain, despair and self-pity, but also the writer's defiant banter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 12, 2018
Director-actor Rupert Everett tackles Oscar Wilde in his later years, and proves this was the role he was born to play. Get ready to marvel at an award-caliber performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 10, 2018
What [Everett] brings to the table--as a director, writer, and actor --is his intuitive 'take' on Oscar Wilde and the performance alone makes this riveting and revelatory viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 9, 2018
Despite its undercurrent of anger at Wilde's mistreatment by fashionable English society, the film feels like a vanity production...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 9, 2018
Tells the gay scribe's tragic, slyly poetic story in a dreamy, inventive and beautifully crafted way that decidedly sets it apart.
October 9, 2018
It's possible to see the flaws in The Happy Prince and still be deeply moved by Everett's immersive, full-bodied portrayal of the writer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 9, 2018
Beneath the prosthetics, there's genuine pathos in Mr. Everett's portrayal of a man bitterly aware that his talents are unreliable armor against the perceived sin of his homosexuality.
October 8, 2018
Everett shows little sense of how to structure his material, or how to shoot it, or even sometimes how to act it, but he does have one key element that sees him through: keen insight into Wilde's world and character. And this insight gets him pretty far.
June 13, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 13, 2018
The Happy Prince proves that a film can be both bleak and warm-spirited, as befits its mighty subject.
January 26, 2018
There's nothing happy here.
January 22, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
January 22, 2018
As a final, permanent showcase for a role Everett was born to play, then, "The Happy Prince" does the job.
January 22, 2018
An absorbing but shapeless bio-drama that never gains much steam.