• Released
  • November 7, 1997
  • R , 1 hr 41 min
  • Drama
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
The difference is that Iain Softley, who directed Wings of the Dove, and his screenwriter Hossein Amini, who wrote the overlooked "Jude," are keen observers who bring a wealth of ambiguity and mystery to the surface -- and release their characters from the cliches that easily could have swallowed them.
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90

Dallas Observer

Seductive from the start, the film grows more stimulating and involving as it goes along because these three are original people who mate and recombine unpredictably.
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90

Salon.com

The rigid distinction usually made between a terrific outfit movie and cinematic art is just another barrier washed away in the overflowing riches of The Wings of the Dove.
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90

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Few films have explored the human face this searchingly and found such complex psychological topography. That's why The Wings of the Dove succeeds where virtually every other film translation of a James novel has stumbled.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
In The Wings of the Dove, there is a fascination in the way smart people try to figure one another out. The film is acted with great tenderness.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The Wings of the Dove is not a happy tale, but it is a vivid and unforgettable one, featuring multi- dimensional characters, beautiful cinematography, impressive set design, and accomplished acting.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Softley and Amini say they consciously viewed Kate as a film noir kind of heroine, a beauty leading a good man astray. And that, added to the setting of the second half of the movie in canal-riven Venice, gives the story the kind of moral haziness that verges on Thomas Mann territory.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Thoughtfully directed by the versatile Iain Softely from Hossein Amini's screenplay, which reduces James's intricately structured narrative to feature-film scale without losing the book's rueful psychological tone.
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70

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Henry James's novel of social-climbing, forbidden love, friendship and betrayal, given a lush treatment that neglects neither the elaborate period trappings nor the story's intensely contemporary emotional underpinnings.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Achingly gorgeous in almost all respects, the film soars in its period depiction of turn-of-the-century London (and later in Venice, as well), from costuming to cinematography on down.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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