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Vanity Fair Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Lovely literary adaptation with class issues, battle scenes.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 29, 2010
Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: C-

April 18, 2009
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

July 25, 2007
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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.

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May 15, 2007
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today

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

| Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2006

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

| Original Score: 3/4

November 27, 2005
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Becky's adept maneuvering through upper society's pitfalls is sometimes muddled from too many characters and too little explanation, but Witherspoon remains fun to watch...

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B-

April 14, 2005
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Not at all the stiff costume drama bore I thought this movie was going to be.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

February 4, 2005
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily

Witherspoon is the only thing that kept me watching Vanity Fair even as my eyelids morphed into anvils.

Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily

February 2, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Lacking a character we really care about, we're left floundering in a mud puddle of human misbehavior. [But] the performances are all impressive.

| Original Score: B-

December 31, 2004
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

As Vanity Fair rests unsteadily between floral elegance and grim satire, Mira Nair's auteurist touches keep it engaging as it fails to get a grip on Thackeray's scope.

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November 25, 2004
Jordan Hiller

In Vanity Fair, Witherspoon presents a complex character beautifully, even when her character's choices vastly depart from her own values.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3

November 23, 2004
Emanuel Levy

Reese Witherspoon is miscast in this poor adaptation of the popular novel.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C

November 14, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Even though the central stories are compelling, dividing the film between them means we never have anyone to grab hold of.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 19, 2004
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

It has all the feel of a clone.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 6, 2004
Jackie K. Cooper

I knew Scarlett O'Hara and you, Ms Witherspoon, are no Scarlett O'Hara

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

October 4, 2004
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

The director's vision seems as obstructed by affectation as the vision of the classist characters in her film.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 26, 2004
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Reese's piece certainly looks good, it's just not terribly engaging.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 2004
Tony Medley

Although long and disjointed, with characters...from Gone With the Wind, and burdened by (terrible) audio..., Vanity Fair is an entertaining film that held my interest.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

September 18, 2004
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Nair... revels in Thackeray's lampooning of genteel class warfare...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 17, 2004
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