Bright Young Things Reviews

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Sunday Times (Australia)
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jane Howdle
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Though it falls short of Fry's best work in other fields, this is a sound first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
If a movie can draw this kind of talent for mostly miniscule roles, how can you go wrong?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Daniel Wible
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The film is a breezy and likable enough entertainment, especially for those of us unfamiliar with Waugh's original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
It is in the humorous moments that the movie really hits its stride, with the supporting cast providing many of the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
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 | Original Score: B+
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
November 2, 2004
A great deal of fun for its first two-thirds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 28, 2004
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
October 26, 2004
Fry directs his performers with real sensitivity; as the film moves along it becomes a showcase for some really wonderful ensemble acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 21, 2004
Reality is rude.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 19, 2004
If this is meant to recall hell, then, baby, hell looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 13, 2004
That rarest of things: a movie that is at once the filmmaker's own and a respectful adaptation of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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
Top Critic
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
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

Boston Phoenix
September 18, 2004
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 17, 2004
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Ebert & Roeper
August 19, 2004
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
October 8, 2003
...a decent effort. But far too clinical and soulless to be a memorable one.
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