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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What shakes the dust off this period piece is the vibrant acting. show more

  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Director- writer Oliver Parker saps much of the juice from Wilde, slows the pace and directs his actors in an inappropriately naturalistic style. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a movie of uncommon eloquence and elegance, acted by a truly gifted cast. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The two leading men, Northam and Everett, are smooth and charming. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    Leans so heavily on its stars that their performances are marred by their emptiness. show more

  • 70
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's lavish, clever entertainment, a welcome opportunity to laugh without shame. show more

  • 70
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    The film is not without its problems, some inherent to Wilde's original play. show more

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle

    This big-screen version of Wilde's stylish match of deceit and honor, loyalty and betrayal, is more parry than thrust. show more

  • 83
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Makes the translation with all its wit, incisive dialogue and eccentric characters intact, and then some. show more

  • 90
    Derek Elley Variety

    Shines like a freshly minted coin in Oliver Parker's adaptation. show more

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