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 … 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
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as John Keats

as Fanny Brawne

as Charles Armitage Bro...

as Mrs. Brawne

as Maria Dilke

as Charles Dilke

as Reynolds

as Mr. Severn

as Mr. Hunt

as Tom Keats

as Charlotte

as Mrs. Bentley

as Reynolds Sister

as Landlady

as Reynolds Sister

as Dance Master

as Mr. Taylor

as Charles Dilke, Jr.

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
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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


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


jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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