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The life of Oscar Wilde, at least that part pertaining to his sex life, Lord Alfred Douglas and his ruinous trial for indecency.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A tony biopic that manages to combine an upfront portrayal of the scribe's gayness with an often moving examination of his broader emotions and artistic ideals."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"The closest thing the movie has to a point of view is a tendentious and mystifying voice-over, in which Fry reads excerpts from Wilde's fairy tale about a selfish giant who banishes his children from his garden."
‑ Carol Lloyd, Salon.com
"Stephen Fry is extraordinary as Oscar Wilde, but the movie lacks balance and finesse and comes across as a TV movie of the week."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"There's never been a better story about the misadventures of one of the world's greatest writer. Fry should have been Oscar nominated, and Law is equally electrifying."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"Call it "The Picture of Oscar Gray" or "The Importance of Being Overly Earnest." Somberness aside, "Wilde" is still worth placing a green carnation in your lapel for and scampering off to see."
‑ Brandon Judell, Detour Magazine
"If anybody was born to play Oscar Wilde, it must have been Stephen Fry: not only does he look like the Green Carnation Man, but he himself is often portrayed as being too clever, too complex for his own good."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"Mr. Fry's warmly sympathetic performance finds the gentleness beneath the wit. He conveys the sense of a man at the mercy of forces he cannot control, not least of them his own brittle genius."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Stephen Fry captures Wilde completely."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"Julian Mitchell's script freely doles out all kinds of pithy, self-conscious bon mots among its cast, but doesn't bother to flesh out convincingly the emotional conflicts and dramas in which the characters find themselves."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A plodding, downbeat drama with all potential for mirth drained from it."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"Likely to remain the definitive screen treatment of Oscar Wilde for years to come."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Stephen Fry brings a depth and gentleness to the role that says what can be said about Oscar Wilde: that he was a funny and gifted idealist in a society that valued hypocrisy above honesty."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[Stephen Fry] was born to play Oscar Wilde!"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Fry is great, though the film struggles to make a lasting impression."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"This tale about the genius of paradox presents its own curious puzzle: how a life of such epic passion and tragedy can elicit so little emotional pull."
‑ Alicia Potter, Boston Phoenix
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