Brideshead Revisited (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Brideshead Revisited (2008)



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

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"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.more
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


Matthew Goode
as Charles Ryder
Ben Whishaw
as Sebastian Flyte
Emma Thompson
as Lady Marchmain
Hayley Atwell
as Julia Flyte
Michael Gambon
as Lord Marchmain
Ed Stoppard
as Bridey Flyte
Felicity Jones
as Cordelia Flyte
Patrick Malahide
as Mr. Edward Ryder
Jonathan Cake
as Rex Mottram
Joseph Beattie
as Anthony Blanche
David Barrass
as ship's barber
Richard Teverson
as Cousin Jasper
Anna Madeley
as Celia Ryder
Sarah Crowden
as Lady guest
Stephen Carlile
as English lord
Peter Barnes
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


An interesting yet certainly not memorable drama with some very fine performances and a strong story about family, religion and faith in the context of the decadence of British aristocracy prior to WWII, and it 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

Brideshead Revisited Quotes

Sebastian Flyte: I should like to bury something precious, in every place I've been happy. And then when I was old, and ugly and miserable, I could come back, and dig it up, and remember.
– Submitted by Rocío R (4 years ago)

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