The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Anthony Asquith's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's witty play of mistaken identities stars Michael Redgrave as rich bachelor Jack Worthing. Jack's friend is Algernon Moncrieft (Michael Denison), a poor bloke living on credit. Jack… More

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Rated: PG
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DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Philip Horne
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The perfect cast - Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Margaret Rutherford - and the perfect director (Anthony Asquith) know just how seriously (not very) to take this amoral satire on society's falsity.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Civilized comedy has never been more civilized -- or as preposterously funny.

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Christopher Null

The most important and beloved version of the play

Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

For an audience that takes pleasure in the all-too-rare art of faithful adaptations that vivify rather than embalming their sources [...] Asquith's conservative handling is just what the confirmed and secret Bunburyist ordered.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A very competent and enjoyable rendition of Oscar Wilde's most witty play from 1895.

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Arthur Lazere

It is frothy and it floats ever gently over its lovable characters.

Michael Dequina

One is left to appreciate the zingers and spirited performances in this understandably enduring comedy of mistaken identities and romantic entanglements.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Asquith, an expert in comedy ..., knows just how to let Wilde's drawing-room farce play out to maximum effectiveness with a minimum of intrusion

Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Old school drawing room wit and sensibilities like honey for your tea in this 1962 romcom about mistaken identities and amour, darling.
Tim Sigur
I imagine this is what Daniel Day Lewis' home life is like. Funny.
Jeremy Smith
The premire film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comic masterpeice is this 1952 version. The very model of wit and whimsy that came so naturally in the… More
Marion Ravenwood
it's basically the stage play only duller
Wahida K
This adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play will never go down in history for its visual panache, because it doesn?t really have any. There?s nothing wrong with… More