An Ideal Husband
An Ideal Husband (1999)

In a moment of youthful indiscretion, Sir Robert Chiltern provided an Austrian baron with secret Foreign Office information. As payment he received the money that became the basis of his fortune and of his splendid, otherwise unimpeachable… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 18, 1999
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brevity is the soul of wit, eh? This adaptation gets to the nitty gritty of Wilde's stage piece and plays on eternal human foibles.

Time Out

The bright, crisp design, Wilde's arch eloquence and a classy company help to camouflage the shortcomings.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Parker has made a sensible cinematic translation of Wilde's play, intercutting scenes which would have been played consecutively on the stage.

Sight and Sound

Parker's shuttlecock technique only succeeds in throwing Wilde's cascading rhythms seriously out of whack and makes it hard to attend to the language as fully as one would like.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

An enjoyable, minor, lustrously shot revamping of Oscar Wilde's play about the perpetually interlocked manners of love and deception.

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Globe and Mail

[I]t's likely that Mr. Wilde, who once wrote, 'A poet can survive anything but a misprint,' would have been less than thrilled with the result.

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Quality comedy with a sprinkling of romance, skilfully assembled by a director with a clear feel for the material. Performances are universally great and the dialogue, of course, is superb.

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Derek Elley

Smooth-flowing direction, a shrewdly pruned script and a top-flight ensemble cast that visibly relishes both the dialogue and one another's perfs make this a tony item for upscale, mature audiences.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Wilde was always about lots more than witty repartee, and as sparkling as his play is as drawing-room comedy, it reveals his concern with the timeless values of unselfish love and forgiveness.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

It's lavish, clever entertainment, a welcome opportunity to laugh without shame.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Ross Collins
Comedy about a 19th C. MP whose marriage comes under threat by blackmail
Michael Gildea
Witty, charming and fun. See it once and you never really need to see it again.
Candy Rose
Great cast. Good plot.
Doctor Strangeblog
Superbly written Oscar Wilde adaptation weaves its layers of romance and deceit masterfully, brimming with dry wit and astute observations about love.… More
jay nixon
everyone is good but Rupert Everett is brilliant!
Daisy Maduro
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