Bright Star (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bright Star (2009)



Critic Consensus: Jane Campion's direction is as refined as her screenplay, and she gets the most out of her cast -- especially Abbie Cornish -- in this understated period drama.

Movie Info

London 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 year old English poet, John Keats, and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion. This unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general. It was the illness of Keats's younger brother that drew them together. Keats was touched by Fanny's efforts to help and agreed to teach her poetry. By the time Fanny's alarmed mother and Keats's best friend Brown realized their attachment, the relationship had an unstoppable momentum. Intensely and helplessly absorbed in each other, the young lovers were swept into powerful new sensations, "I have the feeling as if I were dissolving", Keats wrote to her. Together they rode a wave of romantic obsession that deepened as their troubles mounted. Only Keats's illness proved insurmountable.more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jane Campion
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 26, 2010
Box Office: $4.3M
Apparition Films - Official Site


Ben Whishaw
as John Keats
Abbie Cornish
as Fanny Brawne
Paul Schneider
as Charles Armitage Bro...
Kerry Fox
as Mrs. Brawne
Claudie Blakley
as Maria Dilke
Gerard Monaco
as Charles Dilke
Samuel Roukin
as Reynolds
Samuel Barnett
as Mr. Severn
Jonathan Aris
as Mr. Hunt
Olly Alexander
as Tom Keats
Theresa Watson
as Charlotte
Eileen Davies
as Mrs. Bentley
Amanda Hale
as Reynolds Sister
Sally Reeve
as Landlady
Lucinda Raikes
as Reynolds Sister
Francois Testory
as Dance Master
Adrian Schiller
as Mr. Taylor
Alfred Harmsworth
as Charles Dilke, Jr.
Lucas Motion
as Suitor at Ball
as The Cat
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Critic Reviews for Bright Star

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (39)

[Jane Campion] shows us here the beautiful sanctuaries that word and image create together, and the reasons why life requires us ... to abandon them.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Campion's film avoids any taint of costume drama frippery. Yes, Fanny starts off as a Regency-era fashionista, but Cornish and Whishaw's deeply felt performances give us a real sense of the beating hearts beneath the frock coats and bonnets.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Movie Talk

to film asxoleitai me ton erwta toys, apo th skopia ths Fanny, apo th skopia petaloydas poy sboyrizei anemela mexri na brei sto libadi poihth na toy royfhksei to nektar

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Movies for the Masses

The emotions found in Bright Star are raw and passionate, and are magnificently presented in the most simplest and natural moments.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Romance and poetry have no time to sag

Full Review… | May 31, 2010
Movie Habit

Gorgeous and anchored by a flinty performance from Abbie Cornish, it's a mystery as to why this Jane Campion period piece fades away rather than catches fire.

Full Review… | May 13, 2010

Audience Reviews for Bright Star


A mostly genteel and restrained love story between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, with very solid performances by Abbie Cornish, Paul Schneider and Ben Whishaw - and there is one particularly cathartic scene by the end of the film that did move me to tears.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


One of the most underrated films of 2009, brilliantly directed, gorgeously photographed and wonderfully acted. Left me a little speechless at the end. Look out for Ben Wishaw's reading at the end of the credits-just a brilliant delivery and a wonderful voice! Wonderful performances by Abbie Cornish and Ben Wishaw.Look out for Ben Wishaw's reading at the end of the credits-just a brilliant delivery and a wonderful voice!

Highly recommended

Sarah Gaish

Super Reviewer

Ever wish the fictitious on-screen couple in a movie would fall apart so you could get some action with the leading lady? Yeah, neither have I. Save that for people who get emotionally involved in movies. That's not to say her character didn't make me hot in all those tailored 1800s outfits. Mmmm, girl.

I'd watch it again. Even though the second half was, at times, almost unbearably sad. Something tells me I'll be on the lookout for more films featuring either Ben Whishaw or Abbie Cornish. After I watched "I'm Not There," I was patiently waiting another film with Ben Whishaw in it. Lo and behold, here's one.

Better yet, my mom rented this movie and lent it to me. My mom NEVER rents excellent movies. Without my guidance. Total mindfuck.

Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

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