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Based on 30 Reviews
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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Impeccably mounted, nicely scored and beautifully written. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The movie establishes good will (or even great will) in the initial scenes because it's so gorgeous, but the rest is such a slog. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The team's (Merchant-Ivory) best adaptation yet of a Henry James novel. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    If The Golden Bowl -- isn't charged with electric emotion, well, that's not what Henry James or James Ivory is about. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Nolte, at least, delivers his lines with laser accuracy, and gives The Golden Bowl the life that so much cogitation could have drained from it. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I admired this movie. It kept me at arm's length, but that is where I am supposed to be; the characters are after all at arm's length from each other, and the tragedy of the story is implied but never spoken aloud. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Too staid and stolid for audiences on the hunt for easy entertainment. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    But it is Thurman who stands out, with a marvelous, full-blooded performance, her best in some time, as tragic Charlotte. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    What Merchant, Ivory and Co. arrive at is a sort of handsomely illustrated Cliffs Notes version of the novel. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Certainly diverting and, in Thurman, it also has a knockout of a performance. show more

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