The Wings of the Dove
The Wings of the Dove (1997)

British director Ian Softley's take on this lesser-known Henry James novel offers a tightly-woven, witty look at clashing social classes in turn-of-the-century Europe as it tells the tale of a strong-willed aristocratic girl who takes… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 7, 1997
DVD Release Date: September 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Clark
USA Today

Instead of piling on distracting historical details and background, Dove trusts the audience to notice behavioral clues and fill in the blanks.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Visually stunning? Absolutely! But I found the film's plodding pace relentlessly annoying.

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

This may be the most accessible James adaptation to date, as well as among the most beautiful.

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Carol Buckland

The Wings of the Dove flies high in a year when a whole lot of mega-buck movies barely got off the ground. It's exquisite -- and very adult -- entertainment.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This compelling drama reveals the havoc wrought by those who try to control other people's lives.

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Widgett Walls

Simply a film that did not rub me at all, much less the wrong way.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The problem is this: We're given no reason to care about these two yearning hearts. Our only evidence of their love is a garish display of hormones.

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Carlo Cavagna

Nineteenth-century mores conflict with twentieth-century passions

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

almost a sort of turn-of-the-century 'Indecent Proposal'... But though the eloquent screenplay brings to the surface the eroticism James only hinted at, it doesn't neglect the fascinating psychology of the characters...

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Another very nice movie for romantic women of any age. Entertaining, and well put together, but sad. Helena Bonham is just lovely in this.
Byron Brubaker
I was intrigued by the dynamics between the three main characters. Carter and Roache as the passionate young lovers from different social classes, while they… More
Bruce Bruce
This is another outstanding movie based on a novel written by Henry James. It takes place in the early 1900's and you have everything in this that?s found… More
John Ballantine
Solidly filmed, this movie suffers from the great plague of the period piece - how to make the damn thing interesting. Unfortunately Sofftley never does and we… More
Lanning : )
Love and money: No one twists and turns the two together any better than Henry James. He really is a kind of TV soap opera precursor. It must be, at least in… More
Alec Barniskis
Well acted, but the film is a such a brief adaptation of the novel we really don't get a chance to get to know the characters well enough to understand… More