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Stephen Fry plays the celebrated Irish playwright in this biographical drama that opens in Leadville, Colorado, during Oscar Wilde's 1882 lecture tour.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 49
- Fresh: 35
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mr. Fry's warmly sympathetic performance finds the gentleness beneath the wit. He conveys the sense of a man at the mercy of forces he cannot control, not least of them his own brittle genius.
Fresh: A tony biopic that manages to combine an upfront portrayal of the scribe's gayness with an often moving examination of his broader emotions and artistic ideals.
Fresh: Likely to remain the definitive screen treatment of Oscar Wilde for years to come.
Rotten: The closest thing the movie has to a point of view is a tendentious and mystifying voice-over, in which Fry reads excerpts from Wilde's fairy tale about a selfish giant who banishes his children from his garden.
Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable just to go on living
Nothing better explains this documentary than the last stanza of a poem Wilde wrote late in his life entitled "My Voice"
But all this crowded life has been to thee
No more than lyre, or lute, or subtle spell
Of viols, or the music of the sea
That sleeps, a mimic echo, in the shell.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2000
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