The Wings of the Dove
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The Wings of the Dove
Based on the 1902 Henry James novel of the same name, The Wings of the Dove is set in 1910. After the death of her mother, Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter) has become a ward of her wealthy Aunt Maude (Charlotte Rampling), who is paying her dissipated father (Michael Gambon) to stay out of Kate's life. Maude wants Kate not to repeat Kate's mother's mistake and marry someone who is a commoner, and Maude arranges a meeting between Kate and Lord Mark (Alex Jennings), a high-class gentleman who can escort her to the right places. But Kate is more interested in Merton Densher (Linus… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The problem is this: We're given no reason to care about these two yearning hearts. Our only evidence of their love is a garish display of hormones."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Nineteenth-century mores conflict with twentieth-century passions"
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"Bonham Carter never allows the audience to lose the feeling that Kate truly does care about Milly--it's just that she cares about herself even more."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Visually stunning? Absolutely! But I found the film's plodding pace relentlessly annoying."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"This may be the most accessible James adaptation to date, as well as among the most beautiful."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"Simply a film that did not rub me at all, much less the wrong way."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"This compelling drama reveals the havoc wrought by those who try to control other people's lives."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"almost a sort of turn-of-the-century 'Indecent Proposal'... But though the eloquent screenplay brings to the surface the eroticism James only hinted at, it doesn't neglect the fascinating psychology of the characters..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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