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
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.
| Original Score: C+
I would have liked "Bright Young Things" more if I had liked the characters less.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Inspires equal amounts of guilty envy and haughty revulsion for its hard-partying crowd.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's fluff, but if entertainment value is all you're looking for, you could do worse
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
This satirical period piece settles for being mildly diverting and only sporadically amusing.
| Original Score: 2/4
As the characters dance frantically near the abyss, it's hard to care when some of them fall in. *
Bright Young Things lacks free-spiritedness and bite.
Nothing registers through the smothering cheesecloth of the dull staging and inconsequential kookiness...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Its chief strength is the obvious deep-seated affection Fry has for each sedated, hung-over soul.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
If you yearn for a Brit fix, this is your flick. If not, think twice before checking it out.
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.
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.
Fry establishes himself as an inspired, world-class talent behind the camera and delivers my favorite film of the year thus far.
There are some small gems of performance.
In trying so hard not to take itself too seriously, Bright Young Things succeeds in being a lot of ado over nothing.
A very funny movie about people who are very sad and don't know it.
Sizzles with Jazz Age energy, sparkles with champagne wit and roars along like a Grand Prix race car.