The Golden Bowl
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Set in the opulent social scene of England and Italy between 1903 and 1909, the story of two marriages dangerously intertwined in a web of secrets and lies. Adam Verner, an American billionaire art collector, and his sheltered daughter Maggie marry, only to discover that their respective spouses--the beautiful American expatriate Charlotte Stant and the illustrious but bankrupt Italian aristocrat Prince Amerigo-are romantically entangled with one another.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It suffers mightily from its deliberate pacing, pale characterizations, obvious plot and some woeful miscasting."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"It is beautifully, dramatically and grandly long, tedious, boring and slow."
‑ Pam Sitt, Seattle Times
"Despite a denouement which arrives half an hour too late, the complexities of James' work are superbly realised."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The bowl practically screams, "Look at me! I'm a metaphor!""
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"It's an interesting film with lots of wonderful moments, but in the end, it's just like all the rest."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"coiled, nuanced, resonant tale."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Makes the viewer wish that Ivory had cast a more accomplished actress -- Kate Winslet, perhaps, or Cate Blanchett -- who could give dimension to the character and indicate subtext in a way that Thurman can't."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Golden Bowl may not be the most exciting movie you'll ever see, but those who pay attention should find themselves pleasantly rewarded."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"This roundelay of relationships makes up the heart of the film and allows each of the four principals to offer sterling performances."
‑ Ted Murphy,
"One of James's juiciest scenarios, but barely anybody involved in this enterprise seems to have caught its groove."
‑ Glenn Kenny, Premiere Magazine
"In this movie, all displays of passion feel like gaudy pantomime."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The Golden Bowl is a feast for those who love nuanced conversation, unspoken emotion and guarded looks."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"Decent screenplay, superb acting, fantastic set design and photography: so why doesn't this movie feel great? Mainly it's just that the metaphors deployed are fairly obvious and the slow, played-out peacocks' dance of romantic discovery and recrimination"
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"This kind of highly skilled verbal combat is reserved almost exclusively for Merchant-Ivory films, it seems."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"This solemn misfire is rendered with very little passion and emotion."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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