Bright Star Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 15, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
November 6, 2009
Despite being visually stunning, it's as dry as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
November 3, 2009
I wanted to love it because it's so damn literary and exquisitely put together but ultimately it felt like a very long two hours.
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
September 18, 2009
Shallow, slow and Mr. Brown is an irritant.
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
September 25, 2009
Has Lady Jane gone as chaste as the PG rating on Bright Star suggests? You have no idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 25, 2009
One man's woe is the audience's tedium.
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
May 16, 2009
Campion has constructed a highly classical narrative, one driven by archaic British dialogue and the mannerisms to match it.
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
September 25, 2009
For a film about love, Bright Star is curiously cold, more pretty than emotional. True stars have heat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 19, 2009
Whatever else it is--a romantic biopic without compromise--it is also, and for me, mostly, a celebration of the huge talent that is Abbie Cornish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 16, 2009
Writer-director Jane Campion approaches the tale with an artiste's respectful solemnity, but it too often comes off like Twilight transplanted across oceans and centuries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
November 6, 2009
[Bright Star] may have inspired some beautiful poetry but, here, provokes mere yawns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 14, 2009
...an ordeal for the bulk of its hopelessly overlong running time...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
October 2, 2009
Plays by the strict and proper rules of the period genre, resulting in a predominantly frigid and impersonal love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
May 15, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies
May 18, 2009
For all the exquisite cinematography and fine performances, Bright Star remains curiously unaffecting.
Top Critic
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 16, 2009
A thing of beauty is a joy forever, but a thing of plodding inevitability is just two hours of my time amiably wasted.
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.
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
Kevin Maher
Little White Lies
November 6, 2009
Dramatically static from first to final frame, it charts the non-progress of the central relationship as a series of nineteenth-century feints and counter-feints.
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
November 6, 2009
Without major tension, conflict or crisis, Brawne and Keats simply mope about, moon at each other, talk about literature and wait for the great poet to die from tuberculosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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