The Happy Prince Reviews

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April 15, 2019
A film that really wants to innovate, but doesn't quite get there. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 12, 2018
Much of the film is heavy-handed melodrama without the irony and forgiveness that animated its protagonist's moral worldview.
November 9, 2018
An honest-but-shapeless portrait that is more than warts-and-all. It's all warts.
November 8, 2018
Rupert Everett's mostly handsome movie never quite shifts out of a languorous dies irae for a depleted soul. It hits a gear and stays there. To describe it using one of Wilde's quotes: "The world becomes a picture you can look at but never touch."
November 8, 2018
We see only flashes of what made him a literary giant. The movie lacks insight and context about Wilde's life and behavior.
November 8, 2018
This film could have been an important piece of queer history that actually had a point to make, but it instead gets lost in pockets of bad and utterly boring writing.
November 4, 2018
Everett surely gives his all in portraying his flawed hero, but his account never matches the heft of his own performance.
November 3, 2018
Everett's labor of love doesn't translate to the screen -- mainly because Everett's work behind the camera feels like a first time director and the screenplay meanders.
October 28, 2018
But beyond the fleeting precise observations, the film falls mostly into dull biopic mechanics.
October 28, 2018
"The Happy Prince" is a frustrating movie that gives us a feel for a decaying personality. But targeting the decline doesn't translate into great cinema.
October 26, 2018
I'm a little frustrated that I didn't enjoy the movie more than I ultimately did.
October 26, 2018
Dramatically, a fall without the preceding rise doesn't mean much.
October 26, 2018
The Happy Prince is an obvious labour of love for Everett. But, as Wilde famously wrote, "Each man kills the thing he loves."
October 26, 2018
There are scenes during which Everett's Wilde commands our wide-eyed attention, still mesmerizing despite his physical and psychological decline. Yet in between those quickened moments, The Happy Prince trudges forward with monotonous uniformity.
October 26, 2018
Wilde's painful decline is drenched in romantic idealism - in a fictional touch, he becomes a father figure to adorable French orphans - and worsened by Everett's reluctance to rein in the sprawl of characters and dialogue.
October 25, 2018
The Happy Prince turns out to be an unhappy experience for all concerned.
October 23, 2018
Wilde was wildly self-indulgent, so that's somewhat forgivable, but it's a take on his life so resolutely focused on wallowing in that one specific character trait that the film built around him never creates any lasting sparks.
October 20, 2018
Everett's admiration for Wilde far outweighs his inspiration in turning one of the most colorful characters of the 19th century into a bloated, lifeless fuddy-dud.
October 19, 2018
...[focuses on] the least interesting period in Wilde's life, his final years of decline, and fails to make a case for why the viewer should care.
October 18, 2018
There is the feeling of period detail and atmosphere in search of emotion, and repetitive scenes of Wilde and Bosie blowing what little money they have on champagne start to grow tiresome.
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