The Wings of the Dove
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The Wings of the Dove
"Inspired by" the Henry James novel and adapted for the screen by Hossein Amini, "The Wings of the Dove" takes place in 1910 London (eight years after the setting of the book). Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter) lives the carefree life of a socialite, thanks to the patronage of her wealthy-and domineering-Aunt Maude (Charlotte Rampling), who has sheltered Kate since the death of her mother and the decline of her destitute father (Michael Gambon) into drunkeness and opium addiction. But Maude disapproves of Kate's secret affair with Merton Denscher (Linus Roache), a… 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, AboutFilm.com
"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, TheMovieReport.com
"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, Needcoffee.com
"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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