Brideshead Revisited (2008)



Critic Consensus: Suspenseful and beautifully mounted, Brideshead Revisited does an able job condensing Evelyn Waugh's novel.

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"Brideshead Revisited" tells an evocative story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in the pre-WWII era. In the film, Charles Ryder becomes entranced with the noble Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte, and then his sophisticated sister, Julia. The rise and fall of Charles' infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England between the wars.
PG-13 (for some sexual content)
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Matthew Goode
as Charles Ryder
Ben Whishaw
as Sebastian Flyte
Emma Thompson
as Lady Marchmain
Hayley Atwell
as Julia Flyte
Michael Gambon
as Lord Marchmain
Ed Stoppard
as Bridey Flyte
Felicity Jones
as Cordelia Flyte
Patrick Malahide
as Mr. Edward Ryder
Jonathan Cake
as Rex Mottram
David Barrass
as ship's barber
Joseph Beattie
as Anthony Blanche
Richard Teverson
as Cousin Jasper
Anna Madeley
as Celia Ryder
Sarah Crowden
as Lady guest
Stephen Carlile
as English lord
Peter Barnes
as American professor
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Critic Reviews for Brideshead Revisited

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (39)

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Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Boston Globe
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May 12, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review… | January 7, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Performances are good - Thompson and Gambon impress - but the insipid music is dreadful.

Full Review… | October 2, 2008
Time Out
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Thompson, though, is marvelous; with understated precision and grace, she makes every word count. Also excellent is Michael Gambon.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Brideshead Revisited


An interesting yet certainly not memorable drama with some very fine performances and a strong story about family, religion and faith in the context of the decadence of British aristocracy prior to WWII, and it may leave you thinking about it long after the film is over.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Dull, slow moving but visually beautiful. Uncharismatic leads are blown off the screen whenever Emma Thompson is on, displaying her range by playing a markedly different character than usual and as always doing it masterfully. Once she's gone from the scene its just pretty pictures with people you neither really like or care about.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Gruesome Hatchet Job of My Favourite Novel. "Utterly Macarbe".

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

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