Vanity Fair Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 1, 2004
Starts with energetic glee, but, by the end, it's mocking itself more than skewering society.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 26, 2004
Mira Nair mistakenly makes the conniving Becky a symbol of modern feminist pluckiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
August 28, 2004
A tedious period piece without a cutting edge.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
August 27, 2004
A collection of intermittent pleasures than a satisfying emotional repast.
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
September 1, 2004
Nair's ambitions get the best of her, and poison the clarity of her vision.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
September 3, 2004
Even though it's a valiant effort, Vanity Fair just lacks the necessary talent and oomph to propel it to the level of an elegant, entertaining English period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2007
Yay! England sucks and India is cool! Well, except for that troublesome caste system, of course.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 18, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2004
By film's end, audiences are bound to be left dissatisfied with the choppy and confusing storytelling style and unhappy about the missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 3, 2004
Perhaps Oscar voters will find something to love here (perhaps some intriguing costume designs), but for the rest of us, Vanity Fair is a snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
September 2, 2004
Seems to be less an adapatation of the classic 19th-century novel by William Makepeace Thackeray and more of an adaptation of the magazine that bears the same title.
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
February 2, 2005
Witherspoon is the only thing that kept me watching Vanity Fair even as my eyelids morphed into anvils.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 1, 2004
Mira Nair and writer Julian Fellowes reestablish Thackery's sense of melodrama, but cannot fully recapture the novel's social criticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
September 2, 2004
The movie isn't Cliffs Notes, so much as it is a fast-food drive-thru for a classic novel. Beautifully filmed and its costumes are seamless, though the story's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
September 4, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
August 25, 2004
This film, which aims to expose the banal reality behind the grande facade of high society, itself proves to have no depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
August 28, 2004
With a novel of such length, you either have to make a miniseries or adapt it more ruthlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
August 31, 2004
Opulent yet bland, never venturing below the veneer of its story
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
August 31, 2004
Unfortunately (Witherspoon) fails to inspire much sympathy for the novel's cunning, charmingly conniving, social-climbing heroine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
December 19, 2004
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October 18, 2008
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 7, 2004
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 12, 2004
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 3, 2004

ComingSoon.net
September 4, 2004

Boston Phoenix
September 4, 2004

BBC.com
January 15, 2005
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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