Though it falls short of Fry's best work in other fields, this is a sound first feature.
| Original Score: 3/5
The wit never comes through the art deco settings.
| Original Score: C
If a movie can draw this kind of talent for mostly miniscule roles, how can you go wrong?
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The 'wit' is leaden and unfunny; the narrative's progress ungainly; the direction stolid.
The film is a breezy and likable enough entertainment, especially for those of us unfamiliar with Waugh's original.
It is in the humorous moments that the movie really hits its stride, with the supporting cast providing many of the laughs.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
A great deal of fun for its first two-thirds.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Fry directs his performers with real sensitivity; as the film moves along it becomes a showcase for some really wonderful ensemble acting.
| Original Score: 4/5
Reality is rude.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If this is meant to recall hell, then, baby, hell looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
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.
That rarest of things: a movie that is at once the filmmaker's own and a respectful adaptation of the book.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
All candied gloss and smart quips.
All told, Bright Young Things is one of the most depressing obliterations of a literary source that comes to mind.
A droll Jazz-Age satire ... with many spirited performances and lively supporting characters, but ultimately as purposeless as the characters themselves.
| Original Score: B-