• PG-13 , 1 hr 36 min
  • Satire
    Comedy of Manners
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An Ideal Husband Synopsis
A womanizer (Rupert Everett) helps a friend (Jeremy Northam) save his marriage.
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Variety

By Derek Elley
Shines like a freshly minted coin in Oliver Parker's adaptation.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a movie of uncommon eloquence and elegance, acted by a truly gifted cast.
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83

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
Makes the translation with all its wit, incisive dialogue and eccentric characters intact, and then some.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What shakes the dust off this period piece is the vibrant acting.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The two leading men, Northam and Everett, are smooth and charming.
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70

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
The film is not without its problems, some inherent to Wilde's original play.
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70

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's lavish, clever entertainment, a welcome opportunity to laugh without shame.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Director- writer Oliver Parker saps much of the juice from Wilde, slows the pace and directs his actors in an inappropriately naturalistic...
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Leans so heavily on its stars that their performances are marred by their emptiness.
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50

Austin Chronicle

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This big-screen version of Wilde's stylish match of deceit and honor, loyalty and betrayal, is more parry than thrust.
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Rated PG-13