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Vanity Fair Reviews


Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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September 12, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's lavish but lulling, and at two hours and 18 minutes, it's something of a bore.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 10, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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A less than absorbing adaptation of Thackeray's sprawling but sharp-witted classic.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 10, 2004
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Scene by scene and moment to moment, it's a woeful misreading of the book.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 4, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 3, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Witherspoon moves director Mira Nair's version of Thackeray's social satire forward at a good clip, making Becky's rising and falling fortunes an intensely watchable spectator sport.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 3, 2004
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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There is no depth beneath its bright surfaces, no potent emotional undercurrents.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 3, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A charming movie that falls short of greatness, but is still worth a solid recommendation.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 3, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Even with a running time of more than 2 hours, this kind of condensation means we race through the story's second half in a time warp not aided by Nair's garish, out-of-nowhere and out-of-place Indian interludes.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 2, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Though it's an accomplished production, Vanity Fair ranks as a standard costume drama populated by snide old biddies, aging lords and ladies, manipulative business barons and dashing soldiers.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 2, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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We're left with an increasingly weak-willed protagonist and a narrative with no driving force -- no motor.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 2, 2004
Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
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Nair's turgid, melodramatic travesty of Thackeray's gimlet-eyed satire.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 2, 2004
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Witherspoon's simply terrific, and it's amazing how quickly and easily she sheds speculation that she was too modern for the role.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 1, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

September 1, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Lively and mostly successful treatment -- at least until the barbs are blunted in the messy third act.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

September 1, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A pared-down but wonderfully cluttered rendition of Thackeray's work, beautifully acted by a dream troupe of performers.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2004
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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The satire is sharply observed and the performances acutely felt, most of all Witherspoon's.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A lot of things happen, all of it fairly absorbing, some of it rendered vividly.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's one thing to understand Becky -- do we have to love her, too?

| Original Score: 2/4

September 1, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The movie has the look and feel of an ornate runaway carriage that cuts its own path through town and country. With Nair at the reins and Witherspoon as the passenger, we are in good hands and spirited company.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 1, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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[Nair] clearly loves these characters, the kind and unkind alike. And the proof of this is that she makes them all so marvelously vivid.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

September 1, 2004
John Anderson
Newsday
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As a film, Vanity Fair has a lot going for it -- including acting and energy.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Instead of a sly critique of hypocrisy and pretense in all social classes, the film is a stodgy, unremarkable costume drama with all the bite of a poodle.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

September 1, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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With its diminished gravitas, this Becky comes across as a lightweight schemer about as formidable as an aspiring trophy wife on a daytime soap.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 1, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Shoehorning all these characters and plot threads into one film is perhaps overly ambitious, but Nair makes Vanity Fair an elegant showcase for an unforgettable heroine.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Crams in so many of the events and characters of Thackeray's 900-page novel that the story often seems to be moving on fast-forward.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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On the whole, Nair has mounted a handsome and intelligent production that holds nothing back.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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No longer a biting, satirical jab at 19th century English society but a somewhat soppy soap opera about social climbing and romance.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

September 1, 2004
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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A never-ending Western story that benefits from Nair's philosophically Eastern point of view.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 1, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Nair navigates narrative waters littered by a shipwreck's worth of detritus; too many characters bob and sink.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 1, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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This might be tolerable if Nair hadn't missed the central point, that Becky Sharp isn't sharp like spice, she's sharp like a razor.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 1, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A bit stiff and predictable.

| Original Score: C-

September 1, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The company (in particular Witherspoon, James Purefoy and Eileen Atkins) is better than pleasant, even when it is behaving badly.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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A magnificent viewing experience, with each costume and set capturing the grandeur and squalor of both England and India.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

September 1, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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A highly satisfying period-style soap opera with heaving bosoms, elaborate hairdos and a sweeping look at history.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

September 1, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The peculiar quality of Vanity Fair, which sets it aside from the Austen adaptations such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, is that it's not about very nice people. That makes them much more interesting.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

September 1, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A Vanity Fair with a lovable Becky Sharp has no reason to exist. It's as if Shakespeare had put Hamlet on Prozac: What's the point?

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 1, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Graced with Nair's loving direction, Witherspoon's radiance and that great cast, it is a treat, if somewhat less so than the novel.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 1, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Against such bedraggled antagonists, the older, well-seasoned character actors -- among them Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, and Geraldine McEwan -- come on bright but loud, like gangbusters.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 1, 2004
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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At the risk of being brutal, I would say that the Witherspoon of Legally Blonde, a far more bubbleheaded picture, was not merely sharper but Sharper than her Becky.

August 31, 2004
Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
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The pacing feels choppy, and the characters' emotions are sometimes too sudden to be believable.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 31, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Like her heroine, [Nair's] movie bewitches, but lacks bite.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

August 31, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Very nice piece of work.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 30, 2004
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A collection of intermittent pleasures than a satisfying emotional repast.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 27, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The spirit of that most modern of 19th century heroines, Becky Sharp, remains intact, and Nair's Indian touches make for an intriguing, fresh approach.

August 26, 2004
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