Brideshead Revisited


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.

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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
Sarah Crowden
as Lady guest
Anna Madeley
as Celia Ryder
Stephen Carlile
as English lord
Peter Barnes
as American professor
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Critic Reviews for Brideshead Revisited

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (41)

Even if the material is familiar, even if it has been done well before, there is room in a great book for a new interpretation.

Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Kingsley Amis once said his difficulty with Brideshead Revisted was not that these people were behaving badly, but boringly. On the page, that isn't true, but here on the big screen, it turns out to be an insuperable problem.

Oct 3, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Performances are good - Thompson and Gambon impress - but the insipid music is dreadful.

Oct 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
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Thompson, though, is marvelous; with understated precision and grace, she makes every word count. Also excellent is Michael Gambon.

Aug 1, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

What's missing from Goode's performance and from the film as whole is the layer upon layer of accumulated motive -- the gradual evolution of a man's complex desires and even-more-complicated fears.

Aug 1, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If you're in the market for a veddy British drama and miss seeing Emma Thompson in her natural environment, Brideshead Revisited is a worthwhile two-hour meditation on faith (and the lack thereof).

Jul 31, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brideshead Revisited


This is an interesting yet certainly not memorable drama with 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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

Brideshead Revisited is a lovely period piece drama set in 1920's UK. The very talented actress Emma Thopmson palys the matriarch of a very wealthy family whom owns Brideshead. A young msn named Chrales Ryder becomes friends with the son of this family and quickly gets entangled in the intrique of this family and home. This movie is worthy of seeing. A very well suited cast and well done by all.

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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