Dorian Gray
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Dorian Gray is very handsome -- and very cursed. Young Dorian arrives fresh on the London social scene and is taken under the wing of Lord Henry Wotton who introduces him to the seedy pleasures of London life. When Dorian sees how incredible he looks in a newly painted picture of himself, he swears to do whatever it takes to look as young and handsome in real life as he does in the picture -- forever. His stunning good looks and charm soon attract the celebrity lifestyle and everything that it brings. Dorian finds himself slipping deeper and deeper into a world of sin, sex and celebrity,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While Wilde's wit remains firmly entrenched, there's also a gruesome vein of gothic horror, and elements of the original which existed in the subtext or were merely hinted at are brought graphically into the open."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Like the painting, B-grade horror movie fast loses appeal."
‑ Don Groves,
"If it was Oscar Wilde who said that experience is the name that everyone gives to their mistakes, then this Dorian Gray is quite an experience!"
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"It's a morality tale told through amorality and the pursuit of pleasures of the flesh"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"An impressive character piece that explores important themes ... as well as embellishing aspects of the original story that have never been fleshed out so elaborately."
‑ Edward Douglas,
"These are interesting ideas, but they would work better if there was more decadence on show earlier on to nail Gray's corruption."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A dismal mess."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"This uneasy mixture of horror and elegant wit, which worked so well originally, never really catches fire thanks to Parker's undistinguished handling."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"There's an edge of psychological horror in director Oliver Parker's third Oscar Wilde story that tells how Ben Barnes' Dorian Gray sells his soul to the devil in return for his youth and beauty"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Depravity is better suggested than made explicit when it becomes vulgar, pornographic or comic, and possibly all three."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"...a misfire of nigh epic proportions..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"click to read full review"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Colin Firth is perfect as the devil's advocate, as this adaptation of 19th century gothic taps into the modern zeitgeist."
‑ Colin Fraser, FILMINK (Australia)
"By leaving nothing up to the imagination, Parker destroys the very essence of the film."
‑ Barbara Goslawski, Boxoffice Magazine
"A sturdy piece of heritage horror, as tasteful and handsome as any Brit movie with bustles and frock-coats on its agenda."
‑ Nick Setchfield, SFX Magazine
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