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The Happy Prince (2018)

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Critic Consensus: A passion project for writer, director, and star Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince pays effective tribute to Oscar Wilde with a poignant look at his tragic final days.

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The last days of Oscar Wilde -- and the ghosts that haunted them -- are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett's directorial debut. Everett gives a career defining performance as Wilde, physically and emotionally embodying the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe. His body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him. As the film travels through Wilde's final act and journeys through England, France and Italy, desire and loyalty face off, the transience of lust is laid bare, and the true riches of love are revealed.

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Rupert Everett
as Oscar Wilde
Colin Firth
as Reggie Turner
Colin Morgan
as Alfred Bosie Douglas
Emily Watson
as Constance Wilde
Tom Wilkinson
as Fr Dunne
Anna Chancellor
as Mrs. Arbuthnott
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"The Happy Prince" conveys the declining Wilde's pain, despair and self-pity, but also the writer's defiant banter.

October 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Director-actor Rupert Everett tackles Oscar Wilde in his later years, and proves this was the role he was born to play. Get ready to marvel at an award-caliber performance.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

What [Everett] brings to the table--as a director, writer, and actor --is his intuitive 'take' on Oscar Wilde and the performance alone makes this riveting and revelatory viewing.

October 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Because of the lack of depth in supporting characters and half-baked writing, this movie couldn't have ended fast enough.

October 10, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Despite its undercurrent of anger at Wilde's mistreatment by fashionable English society, the film feels like a vanity production...

October 9, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Tells the gay scribe's tragic, slyly poetic story in a dreamy, inventive and beautifully crafted way that decidedly sets it apart.

October 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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