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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Shines like a freshly minted coin in Oliver Parker's adaptation.
  2. Parker has shaped the play to make it more film-friendly and relevant, but he has done so with such subtlety you would have to be a Wilde authority even to notice.
  3. 80
    It all seems calculated to churn up excitement, a promise that there's lots of dazzle, glamour and intrigue to come. An Ideal Husband actually does deliver all those things, but mostly in a pleasurably understated way -- no need for the noisy signals.
  4. The only problem I was faced with was trying to understand what exactly it was that I enjoyed, and how this movie differed from the play I'd read.
  5. Our familiarity with the actors, and their comfort in this period setting, lend the piece an unexpected air of naturalism.
  6. Life at the top has rarely looked or sounded more fabulously elegant.
  7. 20
    Parker has boiled An Ideal Husband into a thuddingly unimaginative costume drama laden with frocks, riding crops, servile butlers and very good actors desperately treading water.

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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
    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. Expand