Wilde (1998)

The life of Oscar Wilde, at least that part pertaining to his sex life, Lord Alfred Douglas and his ruinous trial for indecency.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 1, 1998
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

A tony biopic that manages to combine an upfront portrayal of the scribe's gayness with an often moving examination of his broader emotions and artistic ideals.

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Carol Lloyd

The closest thing the movie has to a point of view is a tendentious and mystifying voice-over, in which Fry reads excerpts from Wilde's fairy tale about a selfish giant who banishes his children from his garden.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Stephen Fry is extraordinary as Oscar Wilde, but the movie lacks balance and finesse and comes across as a TV movie of the week.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

If anybody was born to play Oscar Wilde, it must have been Stephen Fry: not only does he look like the Green Carnation Man, but he himself is often portrayed as being too clever, too complex for his own good.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Fry's warmly sympathetic performance finds the gentleness beneath the wit. He conveys the sense of a man at the mercy of forces he cannot control, not least of them his own brittle genius.

Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

Stephen Fry captures Wilde completely.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Likely to remain the definitive screen treatment of Oscar Wilde for years to come.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Stephen Fry brings a depth and gentleness to the role that says what can be said about Oscar Wilde: that he was a funny and gifted idealist in a society that valued hypocrisy above honesty.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

[Stephen Fry] was born to play Oscar Wilde!

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Julie B
The acting was good, but Jude Law's character is so whiny and hateful, it's almost like watching two hours of an abusive relationship.
Cameron Johnson
Man, Stephen Fry is so convincing in this role that I guess one might say that he was "born to be Wilde"! Well, that was a lame insult to a pretty… More
Ken Stachnik
A melodrama with a wonderful portray of Wilde, but lacking the signature Wilde wit. Fry is genius, Law is less than desirable
Marcus Woolcott
Great acting by WIlkinson, Law and Fry can't save this plot-less biopic from joining all the others in Mediocre-Biopic Land
Kylie B
Biopic of a genuis, starring a genius.
Sarah Burton
Stephen Fry IS Oscar Wilde, Jude Law is amazing and Orlando Bloom is amusing; wish I'd seen this before LOTR and POTC, then I wouldn't have fallen for… More