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Brideshead Revisited Reviews

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Matthew Turner
October 3, 2008
For the most part, this is an enjoyable, well made and superbly acted drama, though it drags towards the end and doesn't quite pull off its emotional climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 3, 2008
In the end, however, this is a film which though less ambitious than Atonement is very much the equal of The Duchess. Its weakness is the same as that of the latter: it has no guiding hand prepared to take risks and make it distinctive.
| Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
October 3, 2008
It's not much to offer a newcomer, who would be best advised to read Waugh's novel; failing that, to get hold of the TV serial. Either would be preferable to this copy of a copy, and a rather inadequately handled one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 3, 2008
Lovely if you have the time. But if you have the time you may, I feel, be living in the wrong time.

The Sun (UK)
October 3, 2008
The movie is borrowed from Evelyn Waugh's classic novel but lacks its many layers and subtleties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 3, 2008
Someone once said the only thing worse than nuclear war was Evelyn Waugh. Maybe they'd seen this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
October 3, 2008
It isn't at all emotionally involving. Charles Ryder remains a cold fish, and Goode endows him with good looks instead of personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
October 3, 2008
All isn't fair in love and Waugh in an adaptation of his best-known work that's often too tasteful for its good. Handsome and thoughtful, it might've had more appeal had first-choice leads Jude Law, Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly stayed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 3, 2008
Purists may baulk at Jarrold's liberties with the text but it's a well-constructed story that works on many levels. If you enjoyed the book or the series, revisit Brideshead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 3, 2008
It's a dutiful, good-looking slice of heritage cinema so empty that you expect Keira Knightley to show up at any minute.
Peter Bradshaw
October 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
October 3, 2008
The repressed victims are beautifully framed by Jarrold. The acting is faultless. But there is no reason why we should be revisiting Brideshead. The melodrama is so damp and overwrought it's hard to care about these old ghosts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 3, 2008
A good film that occasionally verges on greatness, but never quite gets there, this is a respectable adaptation of a much-lauded book that will no doubt find an appreciative audience in time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Time Out
October 3, 2008
Performances are good - Thompson and Gambon impress - but the insipid music is dreadful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
October 3, 2008
Okay for those who dote on 'classics illustrated' in the Merchant Ivory line, but not as fluid as all that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victor Olliver
October 2, 2008
The Roman Catholicism is not diluted. Brideshead itself seems more like a cold cathedral than a home. And Sebastian's homosexuality is not fudged: he kisses Charles on the lips during one boozy summer. Ben Whishaw embraces an aristocratic camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Pete Hammond
October 1, 2008
It's a stunning, gripping and visually sumptuous cinematic feast that is like a breath of fresh air in the onslaught of summer movies. But purists, beware.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
September 29, 2008
Though a story of the disappearing tradition of aristocracy, Brideshead Revisited is, at its core, a tale of the outworking of God's grace in people's lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 6, 2008
The costume period piece never amounts to more than middle-brow soap opera fluff, but it's enjoyable on its own terms even if not exactly Waugh.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
August 24, 2008
I cannot think of another screen adaptation that treats its source with similar indifference, almost contempt.
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