Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrea C. Basora
    60
    Beautifully appointed, fairly bursting with splendid sets and divine costumes, but it ultimately fails to capture the essence of Wilde's airy wit.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    An ideal play is degraded into an indolent film
  3. Director- writer Oliver Parker saps much of the juice from Wilde, slows the pace and directs his actors in an inappropriately naturalistic style.
  4. Leans so heavily on its stars that their performances are marred by their emptiness.
  5. Reviewed by: Hollis Chacona
    50
    This big-screen version of Wilde's stylish match of deceit and honor, loyalty and betrayal, is more parry than thrust.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. DickM.
    Feb 11, 2006
    7
    I had never heard of this film even though I am a movie nut but I recorded it because I found Julianne Moore's name in the cast. I am I had never heard of this film even though I am a movie nut but I recorded it because I found Julianne Moore's name in the cast. I am still congratulating me on my instincts or my good luck. It was great fun all the way. Leave it to the Brits. Full Review »