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Bright Young Things Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 10, 2004
A droll Jazz-Age satire ... with many spirited performances and lively supporting characters, but ultimately as purposeless as the characters themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jackie Loohauis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 7, 2004
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
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 7, 2004
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 | Original Score: C+
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 7, 2004
I would have liked "Bright Young Things" more if I had liked the characters less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 6, 2004
Inspires equal amounts of guilty envy and haughty revulsion for its hard-partying crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
October 6, 2004
It's fluff, but if entertainment value is all you're looking for, you could do worse
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
October 1, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 1, 2004
This satirical period piece settles for being mildly diverting and only sporadically amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 1, 2004
As the characters dance frantically near the abyss, it's hard to care when some of them fall in. *
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 29, 2004
Bright Young Things lacks free-spiritedness and bite.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 27, 2004
Nothing registers through the smothering cheesecloth of the dull staging and inconsequential kookiness...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
September 24, 2004
Its chief strength is the obvious deep-seated affection Fry has for each sedated, hung-over soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2004
If you yearn for a Brit fix, this is your flick. If not, think twice before checking it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
September 24, 2004
Fry establishes himself as an inspired, world-class talent behind the camera and delivers my favorite film of the year thus far.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
September 24, 2004
There are some small gems of performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 24, 2004
In trying so hard not to take itself too seriously, Bright Young Things succeeds in being a lot of ado over nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 23, 2004
A very funny movie about people who are very sad and don't know it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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