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An Ideal Husband
In a moment of youthful indiscretion, Sir Robert Chiltern provided an Austrian baron with secret Foreign Office information. As payment he received the money that became the basis of his fortune and of his splendid, otherwise unimpeachable government career. Years later, he is blackmailed by a mysterious woman who also happens to be an acquaintance of his wife. Seeking the advice of his best friend, Sir Chiltern is told to confess everything to his wife and seek her support, but he refuses to tarnish the ideal image he believes his wife has of him and their marriage. His refusal to tell his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"The bright, crisp design, Wilde's arch eloquence and a classy company help to camouflage the shortcomings."
‑ , Time Out
"Parker has made a sensible cinematic translation of Wilde's play, intercutting scenes which would have been played consecutively on the stage."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Parker's shuttlecock technique only succeeds in throwing Wilde's cascading rhythms seriously out of whack and makes it hard to attend to the language as fully as one would like."
‑ , Sight and Sound
"It's a pleasant diversion but sadly, little more than a chance to hear Rupert's barbed wit."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Certain stretches truly sparkle, but the movie is not as inventive as The Winslow Boy, nor as relaxed and goofy as Midsummer[night's Dream]."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An enjoyable, minor, lustrously shot revamping of Oscar Wilde's play about the perpetually interlocked manners of love and deception."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"[I]t's likely that Mr. Wilde, who once wrote, 'A poet can survive anything but a misprint,' would have been less than thrilled with the result."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"Quality comedy with a sprinkling of romance, skilfully assembled by a director with a clear feel for the material. Performances are universally great and the dialogue, of course, is superb."
‑ , Film4
"The exquisite teamwork and byplay make the film such a delight to watch."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Rupert Everett goes buck wild (okay, Oscar Wilde) in this Victorian comedy of manners and romance."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Smooth-flowing direction, a shrewdly pruned script and a top-flight ensemble cast that visibly relishes both the dialogue and one another's perfs make this a tony item for upscale, mature audiences."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Wilde was always about lots more than witty repartee, and as sparkling as his play is as drawing-room comedy, it reveals his concern with the timeless values of unselfish love and forgiveness."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It's lavish, clever entertainment, a welcome opportunity to laugh without shame."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"All the other performances -- from Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Julianne Moore, John Wood and Peter Vaughan -- are first rate."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"An ideal alternative to the onslaught of Hollywood summer films."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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