User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
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  1. PatC.
    Oct 4, 2004
    3
    Merchant Ivory time. Grab those matchsticks and prop those eyelids open for an hour until snippets of plot materialize. Afterwards, in this instance, it's Henry James' expose' of lies feeding on lies to generate convoluted and narcississtically boring inductess for the Arrested Development Club. Well done and finely textured after all, but ending with a big fat So What. The Merchant Ivory time. Grab those matchsticks and prop those eyelids open for an hour until snippets of plot materialize. Afterwards, in this instance, it's Henry James' expose' of lies feeding on lies to generate convoluted and narcississtically boring inductess for the Arrested Development Club. Well done and finely textured after all, but ending with a big fat So What. The Combination of Merchant Ivory art feel for its own sake and James' absence of fully formed adults is sominex for both the contemporarily disposed and culturally astute. Expand
  2. AndyS.
    Aug 12, 2001
    1
    If it were a restaurant, it would be a tourist trap. Dull, dumb, and phony to the core.
  3. LoisM.W.
    Apr 27, 2001
    5
    I walked out of this movie when Uma Thurman was giving another one of her tantrums. Enough is enough! She is one of the biggest non-talents in the movies today, and I don't understand how she continues to be hired.
  4. ReneeD.
    Jul 19, 2006
    8
    Those who enjoy period pieces will find this movie thoughtful and intriguing. The morés of that era demand the emotional subleties and restraints portrayed in the film and those who do not appreciate the formality of that era will probably find this movie less than engrossing. Apart from this, the movie was beautifully made and in itself makes this movie worth viewing.
  5. GiddyJ.
    Nov 30, 2001
    2
    Beautiful, but story could have been told in about 20 minutes.
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. 50
    Though it often wallows in louche baroque textures, The Golden Bowl is perhaps the most visually accomplished of the Ivory soaps.
  2. 60
    This early-1900s costume drama surely differs from Henry James's source novel.
  3. 25
    Takes a literary milestone of ambiguity and makes everything about it blisteringly obvious.