• PG-13, 2 hr. 13 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Julian Jarrold
  • In Theaters:    Jul 25, 2008 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jan 13, 2009
  • Miramax Films

Brideshead Revisited Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
May 13, 2009

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Weaving
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
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
Karina Montgomery
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
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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
October 18, 2008

Full Review | Original Score: B
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
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
October 13, 2008

This glorified soap opera, filled with a higher caste of desperate souls, makes Brideshead worth the revisit.

Matthew Turner
October 3, 2008

For the most part, this is an enjoyable, well made and superbly acted drama, though it drags towards the end and doesn't quite pull off its emotional climax.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
October 3, 2008

In the end, however, this is a film which though less ambitious than Atonement is very much the equal of The Duchess. Its weakness is the same as that of the latter: it has no guiding hand prepared to take risks and make it distinctive.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 3, 2008

Purists may baulk at Jarrold's liberties with the text but it's a well-constructed story that works on many levels. If you enjoyed the book or the series, revisit Brideshead.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alexander Larman
October 3, 2008

A good film that occasionally verges on greatness, but never quite gets there, this is a respectable adaptation of a much-lauded book that will no doubt find an appreciative audience in time.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Time Out
Top Critic
October 3, 2008

Performances are good - Thompson and Gambon impress - but the insipid music is dreadful.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Victor Olliver
October 2, 2008

The Roman Catholicism is not diluted. Brideshead itself seems more like a cold cathedral than a home. And Sebastian's homosexuality is not fudged: he kisses Charles on the lips during one boozy summer. Ben Whishaw embraces an aristocratic camp.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011

Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times
January 9, 2009

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