• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Stephen Fry
    In Theaters:
    Aug 20, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 8, 2005
  • ThinkFilm

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Bright Young Things Reviews

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Jane Howdle
Empire Magazine

Though it falls short of Fry's best work in other fields, this is a sound first feature.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The wit never comes through the art deco settings.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

July 4, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

If a movie can draw this kind of talent for mostly miniscule roles, how can you go wrong?

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The 'wit' is leaden and unfunny; the narrative's progress ungainly; the direction stolid.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Daniel Wible
Film Threat

The film is a breezy and likable enough entertainment, especially for those of us unfamiliar with Waugh's original.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

It is in the humorous moments that the movie really hits its stride, with the supporting cast providing many of the laughs.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Houston Chronicle
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One conceit of writer-director Stephen Fry is to dramatize parties as knots of chaos, social hurricanes that spill across the landscape this way and that, ruining lives, eating time, preventing progress of any kind.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

July 21, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The uninitiated are hereby warned: Bright Young Things has an exclusionary timbre. Unlike Hollywood films it never slows down to explain a joke or clarify an allusion.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B+

January 8, 2005
Dan Devine
PopMatters

Fry often seems unsure of whether he wants to stress satire or drama, and while a good film can be both, this film is neither.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

November 23, 2004
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

A great deal of fun for its first two-thirds.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

November 2, 2004
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Fry seems to believe there's nothing that would fulfill audiences more than to vicariously tag along on screen after fictionalized celebrity types from another time.

November 2, 2004
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury

Memorable characters come and go so often and so franticaly that you wonder if World War II might have been merely the explosion of England's fast pulse.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury | Original Score: 5/5

October 28, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Fry directs his performers with real sensitivity; as the film moves along it becomes a showcase for some really wonderful ensemble acting.

Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS) | Original Score: 4/5

October 26, 2004
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Reality is rude.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2004
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

If this is meant to recall hell, then, baby, hell looks like a hell of a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 19, 2004
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

If there was ever a film to prove my theory that we, as a species, have lost our sense of purpose, Bright Young Things is it.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 19, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

That rarest of things: a movie that is at once the filmmaker's own and a respectful adaptation of the book.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 13, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

All candied gloss and smart quips.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

October 11, 2004
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org

All told, Bright Young Things is one of the most depressing obliterations of a literary source that comes to mind.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

October 10, 2004
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

A droll Jazz-Age satire ... with many spirited performances and lively supporting characters, but ultimately as purposeless as the characters themselves.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

October 10, 2004
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