The Wings of the Dove (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wings of the Dove (1997)



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British director Ian Softley's take on this lesser-known Henry James novel offers a tightly-woven, witty look at clashing social classes in turn-of-the-century Europe as it tells the tale of a strong-willed aristocratic girl who takes drastic measures to marry her lower-class lover.
R (For sexuality)
Drama , Romance
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Linus Roache
as Merton Densher
Alison Elliott
as Millie Theale
Charlotte Rampling
as Aunt Maude
Michael Gambon
as Kate's father
Alex Jennings
as Lord Mark
Ben Miles
as Journalist 1
Philip Wright
as Journalist 2
Shirley Chantrell
as Opium Den Lady
Diana Kent
as Merton's Party Companion
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Critic Reviews for The Wings of the Dove

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8)

[An] exquisitely mounted romantic gem.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

The problem is this: We're given no reason to care about these two yearning hearts. Our only evidence of their love is a garish display of hormones.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Visually stunning? Absolutely! But I found the film's plodding pace relentlessly annoying.

Full Review… | May 31, 2003
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This compelling drama reveals the havoc wrought by those who try to control other people's lives.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Nineteenth-century mores conflict with twentieth-century passions

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

This may be the most accessible James adaptation to date, as well as among the most beautiful.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Wings of the Dove

Another very nice movie for romantic women of any age. Entertaining, and well put together, but sad. Helena Bonham is just lovely in this.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

This is another outstanding movie based on a novel written by Henry James. It takes place in the early 1900's and you have everything in this that?s found in a modern day soap opera. The main character is Kate (Helena Bonham Carter), a young woman who is dependant on the whims of a rich aunt for her survival. Kate is a person that plays with other peoples life?s and feelings, She makes friends with a American who is dying, and this American is very rich, so she ploys her boyfriend to fall in love with her for her Money. A great twist of story. It will be enjoy by most. 4 Stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I was intrigued by the dynamics between the three main characters. Carter and Roache as the passionate young lovers from different social classes, while they definitely have a messed-up relationship, are enthralling to watch. The acting, colors, cinematography and dialog do somehow seem more alive than other films set in this period by Merchant and Ivory.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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