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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The difference is that Iain Softley, who directed Wings of the Dove, and his screenwriter Hossein Amini, who wrote the overlooked "Jude," are keen observers who bring a wealth of ambiguity and mystery to the surface -- and release their characters from the cliches that easily could have swallowed them. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    In The Wings of the Dove, there is a fascination in the way smart people try to figure one another out. The film is acted with great tenderness. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Wings of the Dove is not a happy tale, but it is a vivid and unforgettable one, featuring multi- dimensional characters, beautiful cinematography, impressive set design, and accomplished acting. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Thoughtfully directed by the versatile Iain Softely from Hossein Amini's screenplay, which reduces James's intricately structured narrative to feature-film scale without losing the book's rueful psychological tone. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Softley and Amini say they consciously viewed Kate as a film noir kind of heroine, a beauty leading a good man astray. And that, added to the setting of the second half of the movie in canal-riven Venice, gives the story the kind of moral haziness that verges on Thomas Mann territory. show more

  • 70
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Henry James's novel of social-climbing, forbidden love, friendship and betrayal, given a lush treatment that neglects neither the elaborate period trappings nor the story's intensely contemporary emotional underpinnings. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Achingly gorgeous in almost all respects, the film soars in its period depiction of turn-of-the-century London (and later in Venice, as well), from costuming to cinematography on down. show more

  • 90
    Salon.com

    The rigid distinction usually made between a terrific outfit movie and cinematic art is just another barrier washed away in the overflowing riches of The Wings of the Dove. show more

  • 90
    Dallas Observer

    Seductive from the start, the film grows more stimulating and involving as it goes along because these three are original people who mate and recombine unpredictably. show more

  • 90
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Few films have explored the human face this searchingly and found such complex psychological topography. That's why The Wings of the Dove succeeds where virtually every other film translation of a James novel has stumbled. show more

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