Brideshead Revisited (2008)



Critic Consensus: Suspenseful and beautifully mounted, Brideshead Revisited does an able job condensing Evelyn Waugh's novel.

Movie Info

"Brideshead Revisited" tells an evocative story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in the pre-WWII era. In the film, Charles Ryder becomes entranced with the noble Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte, and then his sophisticated sister, Julia. The rise and fall of Charles' infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England between the wars.

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Davies, Jeremy Brock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 2009
Box Office: $6.4M
Miramax Films - Official Site


as Charles Ryder

as Sebastian Flyte

as Lady Marchmain

as Julia Flyte

as Lord Marchmain

as Bridey Flyte

as Cordelia Flyte

as Mr. Edward Ryder

as Rex Mottram

as Anthony Blanche

as ship's barber

as Cousin Jasper

as Celia Ryder

as Lady guest

as English lord

as American professor
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Critic Reviews for Brideshead Revisited

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (39)

A bleak and often befuddling 2-hour-15-minute disappointment.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

slow and beautiful, rather than intense, dramatic and insightful

Full Review… | April 4, 2009

it still has the high-class dramatic feel you'd expect from something you would have watched on PBS twenty years ago

Full Review… | March 5, 2009
7M Pictures

Occasionally interesting, always beautiful and regularly tedious, the film attempts to capture a time and a feeling yet it ultimately fails to provide the depth needed to make it wholly successful.

Full Review… | January 25, 2009

Certainly passable, but less than spectacular, Brideshead Revisited is an authentic and decent adaptation of a well-known novel, but nothing more.

Full Review… | January 7, 2009
Apollo Guide

The events in the film felt rushed and overly obvious, as if Harry Potter's adopted parents dressed him in an "Ask me about wizardry" t-shirt before Hagrid ever turned up.

Full Review… | November 9, 2008

Audience Reviews for Brideshead Revisited


Not spectacular, but an interesting drama with good performances and a strong story about family, religion and faith that may leave you thinking about it long after the film is over.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Dull, slow moving but visually beautiful. Uncharismatic leads are blown off the screen whenever Emma Thompson is on, displaying her range by playing a markedly different character than usual and as always doing it masterfully. Once she's gone from the scene its just pretty pictures with people you neither really like or care about.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Gruesome Hatchet Job of My Favourite Novel. "Utterly Macarbe".

Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

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