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Bright Star Reviews

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Nicola Evans
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
[Jane Campion] shows us here the beautiful sanctuaries that word and image create together, and the reasons why life requires us ... to abandon them.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 2, 2012
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.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
The emotions found in Bright Star are raw and passionate, and are magnificently presented in the most simplest and natural moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 31, 2010
Romance and poetry have no time to sag
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Larsen
May 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 13, 2010
High-Toned, Tragic, Exalted Soap
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 25, 2010
Janet Patterson has come up with an exquisite wardrobe for Fanny that magically suits both the biographical back-story and Cornish's fine physique. Let's hope Oscar agrees.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 14, 2010
The plot doesn't have much to go on, so much is imagined but not demonstrably true, with acting, production design and period costume hopefully covering for accuracy.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 12, 2010
Has a disarming quality to it, depicting a romance not as torrid waves of drama but as something that is born awkward and steadily gains its holding.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Louis Proyect
January 4, 2010
A movie in the inimitable PBS Masterpiece Theater style. John Keats falls in love, gets TB and dies. At least there are no Exxon commercials.
December 29, 2009
The film appears to be flirting with the idea of superficiality and romance and wit and depth of character but never really explores any tack at length, except the agonies of their love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
December 28, 2009
An intoxicating and intelligent romance film with strong fleshed-out characters that defy all the clichés and pulpy attributes that usually plague this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 27, 2009
This is tragic young love in all its overwrought glory and agony. This is not the reserved, stylish sort of love one seen in Jane Austen's works.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Giles Hardie
December 23, 2009
Oh Bright Star, wouldst thou were a great film... but thou art not. Thou art good but bitsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 18, 2009
But the film is more about the impact of love on both their lives than about the impact of his poetry, which wasn't widely recognised until after his death. Life's a bitch.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 18, 2009
Like a bright star that shines from the heavens, Jane Campion's film about the doomed love between the poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne is exquisitely beautiful, but keeps us at arm's length.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 18, 2009
The most perfect film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
December 17, 2009
Your heart will break, your head will swoon, and you will hope against hope for a happy ending that history will not permit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
December 17, 2009
One of the year's pleasures for the eyes, mind and heart -- a bright star indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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