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: May 14, 2000
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 53% 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.

Brandon Judell

'Golden Bowl' Cracked: Merchant/Ivory's Misstep with Henry James

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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

Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)

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

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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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Scott Weinberg

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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Susan Stark
Detroit News

coiled, nuanced, resonant tale.

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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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: 39% 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.