Vanity Fair Reviews

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
September 15, 2004
Told against a lush and vast canvas, Mira Nair's Vanity Fair is one of the very best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
September 14, 2004
The film gives a panoramic view of life in the 19th century and provides an enjoyable movie going experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 12, 2004
robs the story of some of its sharper edges, turning Thackery's greedy, avarice-ridden social climber into an updated rags-to-riches romantic fantasy
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
September 11, 2004
It hurts your fanny in the end.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 10, 2004
Ah, to be young, bright, and scheming in 19th century Britain!
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 10, 2004
It's lavish but lulling, and at two hours and 18 minutes, it's something of a bore.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 10, 2004
A less than absorbing adaptation of Thackeray's sprawling but sharp-witted classic.
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
September 10, 2004
Vanity Fair nearly tanks due to Nair's anti-Brit slant. Long live the Reese!
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 10, 2004
A few cast members bring a scene or two alive, but Vanity Fair is mostly mismanaged.
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
September 8, 2004
More daring, more unexpected, and more thoroughly alive than anything this stuffy genre has seen since Gosford Park
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 8, 2004
...after a promising start, it eventually settles into repeating the same scene over and over again.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 8, 2004
However flawed Nair's film may be, it still has so many rewards to offer that it almost seems petty to complain about its problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2004
If you had any idea how horrible this book is, you would love how wonderfully this film came out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 7, 2004
...this post-modern version of Vanity Fair has a surfeit of humor and some delightful surprises
Full Review | Original Score: A
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
September 5, 2004
Vanity Fair's first hour is its most potent but then the film succumbs to one too many melodramatic turns before wrapping up its story -- and characters -- in a too neat bow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 5, 2004
What it needs is more emphasis on the 'vanity' and less on the 'fair.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
September 4, 2004
This is a middling venture destined for English lit courses.
Top Critic
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
September 4, 2004
Scene by scene and moment to moment, it's a woeful misreading of the book.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 4, 2004
I found it too slow and too long.
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
September 4, 2004
...overly pretentious...
| Original Score: C-
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