The Golden Bowl
The Golden Bowl (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score
54%
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40%



Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Coming from the Merchant-Ivory team, The Golden Bowl is visually stunning, but the filmmakers have difficulty in transporting the characterizations of the Henry James novel to the screen.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It suffers mightily from its deliberate pacing, pale characterizations, obvious plot and some woeful miscasting.

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Pam Sitt
Seattle Times

It is beautifully, dramatically and grandly long, tedious, boring and slow.

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Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Despite a denouement which arrives half an hour too late, the complexities of James' work are superbly realised.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

coiled, nuanced, resonant tale.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

The Golden Bowl may not be the most exciting movie you'll ever see, but those who pay attention should find themselves pleasantly rewarded.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

In this movie, all displays of passion feel like gaudy pantomime.

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

The Golden Bowl is a feast for those who love nuanced conversation, unspoken emotion and guarded looks.

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A disappointing movie to say the least, with such an all-star cast. Nick Nolte was at his good point here, but still could only do the best he could for the… More
FanGirl Browncoat
I didn't like this movie the first time, I've watched it couple more times and it has grown on me.