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Top Critic Reviews
Fresh: It's a morality tale told through amorality and the pursuit of pleasures of the flesh
- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Colin Firth is perfect as the devils advocate, as this adaptation of 19th century gothic taps into the modern zeitgeist.
- Colin Fraser, FILMINK (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010
I haven't read the book so I have no idea if this is a respectful adaptation or not but personally I found that, although there are moments I could recognise Oscar Wilde's words, they were very far and few between. I didn't dislike the film but I get the feeling there was probably more to the story in the book. The CGI tricks in the painting were a bit cheap but the impressive performances made it very watchable.
- SirPant, Friday, March 23, 2012
This film is visually appealing. Colin Firth is a powerhouse in this film along with actors Ben Chaplin, and Rebecca Hall. The special effects visuals and the dressing of sets and costumes are all fantastic. This all said, the film is as if director Oliver Parker read Oscar Wilde's novel and then watched a 24/7 rerun of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, and then watched the abysmal end of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for the film's climax. The story of Dorian Gray and his mysterious painting is one of the best tales put to paper, and at first, the first act is set up rather well and the character development is rather nice. But by the time things begin to progress, that is where the story kind of fell apart, the script became rushed and the performance levels of the main star (Ben Barnes) and other supporting actors like Rachel Hurd-Wood diminished, seeminlgly abandoned for a film that looked good as opposed to telling a great story; and even this is only short lived because of the choppy editing of the center of the film. Not horrible, kept my attention, was definitely entertaining and engaging, but the parts that it lacked really could have been avoided if more effort and time were paid to them, and we would have really wound up with a masterwork, but alas, we do not.
- tolkienfan101, Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A very well done adaptation of the Oscar Wilde Classic novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray". As a period drama lover, I would say this movie was pretty entertaining, and the costume and set designs definitely deserve some praises. I thought Ben's portrayal of Dorian's transformation was perfectly subtle, but Colin as Lord Wotten was EPIC! For me, it was a refreshing update to a classic tale. The original film was brilliant, but audiences have changed. I like the idea that more people who aren't familiar with Oscar Wilde may develop an interest after seeig this adaptation.
- itsjustme2004, Wednesday, February 2, 2011