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Happy Prince, The (15)


A biographical drama in which an ailing Oscar Wilde tries to make ends meet while exiled in France.

The critical consensus

Courageous Oscar Wilde biopic, written, directed by and starring a sensational Rupert Everett.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 11/06/2018

Even if his prosthetics make him look a bit like James May, Everett is near-flawless, and his film is a superb showcase for an actor whose celebrity has at times overshadowed his talent. There’s been plenty of due diligence in terms of the details, and anyone who thinks Wilde was just the Stephen Fry of his day will learn a lot here.

****(*)Andrew Lowery, Empire Online, 15/06/2018

Everett makes [Wilde] seem like a character in one of his own fairy tales, ultimately achieving grace and redemption through his own suffering.

Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 15/06/2018

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

Sophie Monks Kaufman, The Independent, 14/06/2018

The film has its heart in the right place and Everett clearly understands the pain Wilde endured in his final years, but as a writer/director, he’s not quite up to the task of making its fractured structure compelling.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 15/06/2018

Director and star Rupert Everett struggles to shine through the gimmickry.

**(*)(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 16/06/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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