The Happy Prince Reviews

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April 5, 2019
Everett's direction is full of beautiful surfaces and witty lines, but there's not much beneath them.
November 9, 2018
An honest-but-shapeless portrait that is more than warts-and-all. It's all warts.
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.
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.
October 19, 2018
It's a passion project that never devolves into mere passion; a sober (if loving) look at an inebriated soul.
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.
October 15, 2018
"The Happy Prince" conveys the declining Wilde's pain, despair and self-pity, but also the writer's defiant banter.
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.
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.
October 10, 2018
Despite its undercurrent of anger at Wilde's mistreatment by fashionable English society, the film feels like a vanity production...
October 10, 2018
Tells the gay scribe's tragic, slyly poetic story in a dreamy, inventive and beautifully crafted way that decidedly sets it apart.
October 10, 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.
October 10, 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 10, 2018
Because of the lack of depth in supporting characters and half-baked writing, this movie couldn't have ended fast enough.
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 15, 2018
Everett deserves praise for not turning Wilde turned into some kind of gay saint. Our hero is the victim of homophobia, yes, but also insecure and manipulative.
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.
June 13, 2018
The Happy Prince proves that a film can be both bleak and warm-spirited, as befits its mighty subject.
June 13, 2018
A poignant story that is almost eclipsed by the egoistic frolics of its creator.
February 23, 2018
Both moving and revealing.
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