Vanity Fair (2004)



Critic Consensus: A more likable Becky Sharp makes for a less interesting movie.

Movie Info

The daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl, Becky is orphaned at a young age. Even as a child, she yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises. As she leaves Miss Pinkerton's Academy at Chiswick, Becky resolves to conquer English society by any means possible. She deploys all of her wit, guile, and sexuality as she makes her way up into high society during the first quarter of the 19th century. Becky's ascension to the heights of society commences when … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sensuality/partial nudity and a brief violent image)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Julian Fellows, Mark Skeet, Julian Fellowes, Matthew Faulk
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2005
Box Office: $16.1M
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as Rawdon Crawley

as William Dobbin

as Amelia Sedley

as George Osborne

as Miss Matilda Crawley

as Mr. Osborne

as Sir Pitt Crawley

as Joseph Sedley

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as Lady Southdown

as Mrs. Sedley

as Pitt Crawley

as Young Becky

as Francis Sharp

as Miss Pinkerton

as Ms. Green

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as Lady Crawley

as Young Rose Crawley

as Lady Crawley

as Young Celia Crawley

as Horrocks

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as Rhoda Swartz

as Lady Steyne

as Lady Gaunt

as Lady George

as Firkin

as Doctor

as Maria Osborne

as Coalman

as Auctioneer

as Lord Bareacres

as Lady Bareacres

as Lord Darlington

as Lady Darlington

as General Tufto

as Mr. Raggles

as Curzon Street Footma...

as Nursemaid

as Georgy

as Mr. Moss

as Desert Beauty

as Officer

as Rose Crawley

as Celia Crawley

as Little Pitt

as Mr. Wenham

as Coventry Island Man

as Casino Boy

as Casino Boy

as Casino Boy

as German Official

as Casino Stranger

as Young Georgy

as `Slave Dance' Dancer

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Critic Reviews for Vanity Fair

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (46)

Lovely literary adaptation with class issues, battle scenes.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

From the ostentatious costumes by designer Beatrix Aruna Pasztor ("Wonder Boys") to the annoying male hairstyles that permeate every scene, "Vanity Fair" is a movie that depends on its overall visual effect to hypnotize audiences into overlooking the film

Full Review… | April 18, 2009

Yay! England sucks and India is cool! Well, except for that troublesome caste system, of course.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007

In Vanity Fair's universe without heroes, shameless central character Becky Sharp would have surely felt supremely at home stuck on Temptation Island, or in the boardroom of The Apprentice.

Full Review… | May 15, 2007
Long Island Press

To our utter delight, these stories and messages are told with superb acting, amazing costumes that burst with color and texture, and dazzling locales.

November 10, 2006
Christianity Today

Es una sólida adaptación de la novela de Thackeray por la que bien vale la pena pagar el boleto.

November 27, 2005

Audience Reviews for Vanity Fair

I see I liked this as I rated it 4 stars, but just tried to rewatch it today and it honestly did nothing for me. I don't like period pieces in general, I can only put it down to I was going through a Reese Witherspoon phase. That might have cooled a bit since her drunken antics, although there are still movies I love her in. This apparently isn't one of them. Will keep original rating as it was valid at the time, and to be fair I switched this off 20 minutes in and can't remember a lot about it, maybe it improves.
Oh, and Reese staring in this while pregnant was a real dud move. They have filmed and dressed her to hide it, but it's still pretty obvious.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


It's period set pieces are designed pretty well, the costume design is imaginative, and technically, Vanity Fair is kind of excellent. However, i'm not sure if i'm the only one who saw this but Reese Witherspoon's performance is a bit of a mixed bag, sometimes she acts convincingly, but in the more dramatic moments she tends to crack slightly. Also her character, Becca Sharp, like many have said is supposedly dislikable, even if the film managed to make her that way she still wouldn't be that interesting. Mainly due to it's incoherent uncertain style of storytelling. In addition the ending is highly unclimatic and as a whole, the film is just too long. It's not terrible because there are some good supporting performances, such as Tony Maudsley's, but it's often quite dull and lifeless and suffers from various sub plots and a bloated amount of unnecessary characters.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Yuck, just yuck. Long, dull, boring, ridiculous. So much does not make sense about this movie it's ludicrous why Mira Nair would decide to set part of in India. I know part of this is Thackeray's problem and not Nair's, but...seriously?

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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