The Golden Bowl
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The distinguished director/producer/writer team of James Ivory, Ismail Merchant, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala returns to the works of 19th century novelist Henry James in this adaptation of his tale of love and treachery. Wealthy American art collector Adam Verver (Nick Nolte) is traveling Europe with his daughter Maggie (Kate Beckinsale) following the death of his wife. In their travels, Adam and Maggie encounter Mrs. Assingham (Anjelica Huston), an American socialite who enjoys playing matchmaker, whether or not her subjects are interested. She introduces Maggie to Prince Amerigo (Jeremy… More

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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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