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Boston Globe

By Loren King
A delightful alternative to most current multiplex fare, which wouldn't recognize a juicy bon mot if it tripped over one in the aisle.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Hearing Wilde's pithy lines in her mouth -- ''London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice,...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The important thing about "The Importance" is that all depends on the style of the actors, and Oliver Parker's film is well cast.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Everett, whose scenes with Firth are a droll delight, nails every sly laugh. And Witherspoon adds her own legally blond American sparkle to...
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New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Wilde's masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, may be the best play of the 19th century. It's so good that its relentless, polished...
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Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Resonates and inspires rapid-fire bouts of laughter, perhaps even a few giggles from the author himself, whom posterity has rewarded the...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Written to skewer the upper class of its time, the script is now just a broad joke-fest, clever lines batted back and forth like badminton...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Despite good taste and good will, this romp through Victorian parlors frequently falls flat on its rump.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The antics are wacky -- but far from Wilde.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is a frustrating, boring mess.
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Rated NR