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

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Jackie Loohauis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A film that not only Anglophiles will enjoy, it is a work that charms us with its portrayal of a lost time, place and generation.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Though Fry's movie has plenty of nasty wit, it lacks the sheer luxurious malice of Waugh's book. Fry is acerbic; Waugh is lethal.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

October 7, 2004
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

I would have liked "Bright Young Things" more if I had liked the characters less.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Inspires equal amounts of guilty envy and haughty revulsion for its hard-partying crowd.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 6, 2004
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

It's fluff, but if entertainment value is all you're looking for, you could do worse

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

October 6, 2004
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

The episodic structure gets more unwieldy as the story progresses -- the pitfall of condensing a sprawling novel, perhaps -- but there's still room for some rewarding dalliances.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This satirical period piece settles for being mildly diverting and only sporadically amusing.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

October 1, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

As the characters dance frantically near the abyss, it's hard to care when some of them fall in. *

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 1, 2004
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

Bright Young Things lacks free-spiritedness and bite.

September 29, 2004
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Nothing registers through the smothering cheesecloth of the dull staging and inconsequential kookiness...

| Original Score: 1.5/4

September 27, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Suffers from feeling like it's just pretending to be good when it's obviously much, much happier being bad. But when it's bad, it's very, very good.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

September 24, 2004
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Its chief strength is the obvious deep-seated affection Fry has for each sedated, hung-over soul.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 24, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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If you yearn for a Brit fix, this is your flick. If not, think twice before checking it out.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

September 24, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Since no one is playing a rounded character -- just pawns in Waugh's linguistic 'exercise' -- the performances are necessarily mere snapshots haphazardly crammed into a chaotic album.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2004
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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For those who mourned the final episodes of Brideshead and other installments of the queen's English, Bright Young Things is a diverting evening in the British Isles.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 24, 2004
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

Fry establishes himself as an inspired, world-class talent behind the camera and delivers my favorite film of the year thus far.

Full Review Source: New Times

September 24, 2004
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

There are some small gems of performance.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 24, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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In trying so hard not to take itself too seriously, Bright Young Things succeeds in being a lot of ado over nothing.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A very funny movie about people who are very sad and don't know it.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 23, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Sizzles with Jazz Age energy, sparkles with champagne wit and roars along like a Grand Prix race car.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

September 23, 2004
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