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  • Summary: An intricately plotted tale of thwarted love and betrayal which tells the story of an extravagantly rich American widower (Nolte) and his sheltered daughter (Beckinsale), both of whom marry only to discover that their respective mates, a beautiful American expatriate and an impoverishedAn intricately plotted tale of thwarted love and betrayal which tells the story of an extravagantly rich American widower (Nolte) and his sheltered daughter (Beckinsale), both of whom marry only to discover that their respective mates, a beautiful American expatriate and an impoverished Italian aristocrat (Thurman and Northam), are entangled with one another in a romantic intrigue of seduction and deceit. (Lions Gate Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. The team's (Merchant-Ivory) best adaptation yet of a Henry James novel.
  2. If this handsome, faithful, intelligent screen adaptation of the novel doesn't leave you devastated, its ominous sense of a rarefied moral and aesthetic world bending before the accelerating streetcar of history will leave you with a mournful sense of loss.
  3. If The Golden Bowl -- isn't charged with electric emotion, well, that's not what Henry James or James Ivory is about.
  4. If it's not perfect, it still gives pleasure to the eye.
  5. 60
    This early-1900s costume drama surely differs from Henry James's source novel.
  6. 50
    Though it often wallows in louche baroque textures, The Golden Bowl is perhaps the most visually accomplished of the Ivory soaps.
  7. 25
    Takes a literary milestone of ambiguity and makes everything about it blisteringly obvious.

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  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. 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 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. Expand

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