The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

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The Happy Prince

Rupert Everett's directorial debut chronicles an ailing Oscar Wilde's last days while exiled in France. As Oscar lies on his death bed, the past comes flooding back to him, transporting him to other times and places. Everett stars alongside Colin Firth and Emily Watson.

2018Rating: M, Offensive language, nudity, drug use & sexual references105 minsGermany, Belgium, UK, ItalyEnglish, Italian and French with English subtitles
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistoricalWorld Cinema
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Vulture

Vulture

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The Happy Prince proves that a film can be both bleak and warm-spirited, as befits its mighty subject.

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Variety

Variety

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As a final, permanent showcase for a role Everett was born to play, then, "The Happy Prince" does the job.

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Time Out

Time Out

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As a director, Everett is sometimes heavy-handed, but the performances, and the undeniable injustice of Wilde's ordeal, make for a tragedy worthy of its drama-loving subject.

3.0
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The Times

The Times

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It's a fearless, committed, and award-worthy turn, and emblematic of a first-time film-maker at his most expressive and most affecting.

5.0
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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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There are real virtues to its comparative lack of polish: this story gains a seamy power from the rough edges, the exploratory style, even the slightly unstable editing.

3.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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This film is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage.

4.0
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Stuff

Stuff

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It's an interesting, more sober counterpoint to 1997's Stephen Fry starring Wilde, but Happy Prince feels like more of a slog than it should be.

3.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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With The Happy Prince, Everett has revealed himself to be one to watch behind the camera, as well as in front of it.

4.0
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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A poignant story that is almost eclipsed by the egoistic frolics of its creator.

3.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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An absorbing but shapeless bio-drama that never gains much steam.

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A seemless narrative of the life of Oscar Wilde. I love that it was poetically intervowen to the narrative of a popular fairy tale - The Happy Prince. This was a directorial masterpiece debut from Rupert Everret. The fact that he also wrote the screenplay and portrayed Oscar Wilde is brilliant.

5.0
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In 2017 Wilde and 75,000 other men were 'pardoned' for the crime of homosexuality. Clearly they should have been apologised to rather than pardoned, but nevertheless Rupert Everett felt the time was right to tell this story (again) of the foolish love lorn Wilde and his selfish lover Bosie. Overall a fascinating and relevant tale but I couldn't help feeling...

3.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

The Happy Prince proves that a film can be both bleak and warm-spirited, as befits its mighty subject.

0
Variety

Variety

press

As a final, permanent showcase for a role Everett was born to play, then, "The Happy Prince" does the job.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

As a director, Everett is sometimes heavy-handed, but the performances, and the undeniable injustice of Wilde's ordeal, make for a tragedy worthy of its drama-loving subject.

3.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

It's a fearless, committed, and award-worthy turn, and emblematic of a first-time film-maker at his most expressive and most affecting.

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

There are real virtues to its comparative lack of polish: this story gains a seamy power from the rough edges, the exploratory style, even the slightly unstable editing.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This film is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

It's an interesting, more sober counterpoint to 1997's Stephen Fry starring Wilde, but Happy Prince feels like more of a slog than it should be.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

With The Happy Prince, Everett has revealed himself to be one to watch behind the camera, as well as in front of it.

4.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A poignant story that is almost eclipsed by the egoistic frolics of its creator.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An absorbing but shapeless bio-drama that never gains much steam.

0

A seemless narrative of the life of Oscar Wilde. I love that it was poetically intervowen to the narrative of a popular fairy tale - The Happy Prince. This was a directorial masterpiece debut from Rupert Everret. The fact that he also wrote the screenplay and portrayed Oscar Wilde is brilliant.

5.0
0

In 2017 Wilde and 75,000 other men were 'pardoned' for the crime of homosexuality. Clearly they should have been apologised to rather than pardoned, but nevertheless Rupert Everett felt the time was right to tell this story (again) of the foolish love lorn Wilde and his selfish lover Bosie. Overall a fascinating and relevant tale but I couldn't help...

3.0
0