The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

In this gothic drama based on Oscar Wilde's novel, an innocent young man stares at his portrait and wishes he could look the same forever. As he grows older and pursues a life of vice, his appearance remains unchanged, but his likeness… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1945
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sarah Boslaugh

Stradling demonstrates his mastery of deep-focus photography and scenic composition...

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...dramatic, elegant, witty, thoughtful, and terrifically photographed.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Literate and classy horror, brilliantly directed and played.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

With its allusions to Baudelaire, Beardsley and Wilde himself, this motion 'Picture' was meant for an adult audience that could sense the youth-runs-Wilde wickedness perpetrated by the title character offscreen, in the spaces between the frames...

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Excellent adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic story. Watch for the creative use of color in the otherwise B&W production.

Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The Picture of Dorian Gray isn't awful, though it's certainly an instance in which an outright debacle would have made a much more interesting film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sterling adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 1891 novel about a handsome young Victorian aristocrat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
This is <i>the</i> film version of Oscar Wilde's classic tale about a man whose physical appearance remains the same despite his depravity.… More
Aj V
An interesting story, it makes me want to read the book, to see if it's better than the movie.
Devon Bott
Oscar Wilde's famous novel is brought to life in this pretty faithful adaptation by director/writer Albert Lewin. Some of the homosexual subtext has been… More
jay nixon
Classy, chilling version of the famed story. George Saunders is a silky caddish delight. Both Angela Lansbury and Donna Reed are impossibly young and lovely.… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A solid adaptation of the novel, a bit dated and slugish in it's pacing. Special mention to the fully colored painting the movie wisely uses as the only… More
Ken Stachnik
Rockin film that is sadly not on DVD *cough?* torrent *cough cough* Stunning cinematography and delightful performances really bring this forgotten classic to… More

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