Brideshead Revisited Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 14, 2009
A bleak and often befuddling 2-hour-15-minute disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
April 4, 2009
slow and beautiful, rather than intense, dramatic and insightful
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 5, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
January 25, 2009
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.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 7, 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 | Original Score: 71/100
November 9, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Evan Williams
The Australian
October 31, 2008
Those with warm memories of the BBC television serial in the 1980s will find much in this Brideshead to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
October 31, 2008
Even if the material is familiar, even if it has been done well before, there is room in a great book for a new interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
It's as if Waugh's story has been filtered through the spiritual blindness of young Charles. The movie sees, but it doesn't understand.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 24, 2008
With all its failings, this is an intelligent, critical film about religious faith, and that in itself is a rare achievement.

FILMINK (Australia)
October 24, 2008
The look and feel is just about right, and the dialogue and acting are enjoyably sharp. This new version of the classic deserves a fair hearing in its own right.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
October 24, 2008
A timely update on a deserving classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
October 24, 2008
Directed by Julian Jarrold from a script by Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock, this new adaptation adroitly condenses Waugh's plot while eliminating or reversing most of his intended meanings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 24, 2008
At just over two hours, the film naturally feels a bit cramped and the most interesting elements are given fairly short shrift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Evelyn Waugh's greatest novel gets a respectable new film treatment from a team of Britain 's biggest names, although it will inevitably remain in the shadow of the 1981 TV series.
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Thompson's work is especially dazzling because the mean, sanctimonious character is so clearly alien to the actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
Characters have been left out -- certainly inevitable -- but mainly what this lacks is air to breathe, wit, humor, a lightness of touch to keep it from being the stodgy bore it is.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 17, 2008
This revisiting of Evelyn Waugh's novel is successful in part in that it firmly envelops both its characters and us into a cloud of Catholic claustrophobia. But Julian Jarrold's film is so plodding and overlong, that by the time it reaches its resolution,
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
October 13, 2008
This glorified soap opera, filled with a higher caste of desperate souls, makes Brideshead worth the revisit.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 3, 2008
This new version of the Evelyn Waugh tale of conflicts in class, sexuality and religion is more about the sumptuous imagery than the provocative subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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