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.
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
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: A
The emotions found in Bright Star are raw and passionate, and are magnificently presented in the most simplest and natural moments.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
High-Toned, Tragic, Exalted Soap
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.
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
An intoxicating and intelligent romance film with strong fleshed-out characters that defy all the clichés and pulpy attributes that usually plague this genre.
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.
| Original Score: C+
Oh Bright Star, wouldst thou were a great film... but thou art not. Thou art good but bitsy.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
The most perfect film of the year.
| Original Score: 4/4
Your heart will break, your head will swoon, and you will hope against hope for a happy ending that history will not permit.
One of the year's pleasures for the eyes, mind and heart -- a bright star indeed.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jane Campion's film is as lyrical as you might expect but it's also enlivened with a bracing air of irreverence.
Equal parts a lovely daydream and heaving, lovelorn sobs, Bright Star is something of an intimate masterpiece.
I think it's her most restrained film, in a lot of ways. It's very classic. It's very poetic. It embraces Keats poetry in the making of it.
Campion takes her time to tell her tender story, but the film rewards with a conclusion I found incredibly moving. This is certainly one of the best films of the year.
| Original Score: 5/5