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Wilde Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Stephen Fry is extraordinary as Oscar Wilde, but the movie lacks balance and finesse and comes across as a TV movie of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
You would think the life of Oscar Wilde would lend itself more to film. Not so. This biopic is unfathomably boring and ultimately pointless.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Julian Mitchell's script freely doles out all kinds of pithy, self-conscious bon mots among its cast, but doesn't bother to flesh out convincingly the emotional conflicts and dramas in which the characters find themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Beth Porter
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
A gelid, often charmless affair which flirts with us, but ultimately fails to consummate the relationship.
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 1, 1998
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
This tale about the genius of paradox presents its own curious puzzle: how a life of such epic passion and tragedy can elicit so little emotional pull.
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Carol Lloyd
January 1, 2000
The closest thing the movie has to a point of view is a tendentious and mystifying voice-over, in which Fry reads excerpts from Wilde's fairy tale about a selfish giant who banishes his children from his garden.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A superficial drama that seems to be more concerned with portraying realistic gay sex scenes more than with telling us what made the man tick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A plodding, downbeat drama with all potential for mirth drained from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
May 1, 1998
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Stephen Fry brings a depth and gentleness to the role that says what can be said about Oscar Wilde: that he was a funny and gifted idealist in a society that valued hypocrisy above honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Szymanski
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 9, 2003
Fry is great, though the film struggles to make a lasting impression.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
February 24, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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