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Based on 29 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Hunt's flat delivery is mercilessly cruel to Wilde's delicious epigrams. That sound you hear is Oscar spinning madly in his grave. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Something is wrong with A Good Woman: The lightning never strikes. It's never quite alive. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    For the most part, Wilde's sophisticated, sardonic dialogue has been capably adapted by screenwriter Howard Himelstein and director Mike Barker. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Hunt, whose flutelike voice makes music of Wilde's dialogue, has the most difficult role. While she acquits herself honorably, she nudges her lines a little too broadly, as if she's worried that the audience will miss the double meanings and wordplay. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    I watched A Good Woman with a fixed smile frequently interrupted by giggles, but I didn't believe a second of it. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    While screenwriter Howard Himelstein and director Mike Barker have done a workable job of drawing the Wilde social satire out of the drawing room, the film never quite manages to travel at the same buoyant velocity as the acerbic wit. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Amazingly, not all of the witty and wise barbs are Wilde's, and any confusion between the old and the new is probably the highest compliment one could possibly pay to screenwriter Howard Himelstein's tart screenplay. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    A witty and engaging bit of fluff about sex, scandal, idleness, gossip, blackmail, guilty secrets and, most surprisingly, redemption. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The movie succeeds because screenwriter Howard Himelstein keeps Wilde's best lines intact and the actors speak the words with practiced confidence. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    A tedious picture, redeemed in part by Tom Wilkinson's performance as Tuppy--he's the sole cast member who doesn't give birth to every epigram--and by the hats. show more

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