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Brideshead Revisited Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Weaving
April 4, 2009
slow and beautiful, rather than intense, dramatic and insightful
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 5, 2009
it still has the high-class dramatic feel you'd expect from something you would have watched on PBS twenty years ago
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 7, 2009
Certainly passable, but less than spectacular, Brideshead Revisited is an authentic and decent adaptation of a well-known novel, but nothing more.
Read More | Original Score: 71/100
November 9, 2008
The events in the film felt rushed and overly obvious, as if Harry Potter's adopted parents dressed him in an "Ask me about wizardry" t-shirt before Hagrid ever turned up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Evan Williams
The Australian
October 31, 2008
Those with warm memories of the BBC television serial in the 1980s will find much in this Brideshead to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
October 31, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 24, 2008
With all its failings, this is an intelligent, critical film about religious faith, and that in itself is a rare achievement.

FILMINK (Australia)
October 24, 2008
The look and feel is just about right, and the dialogue and acting are enjoyably sharp. This new version of the classic deserves a fair hearing in its own right.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
October 24, 2008
A timely update on a deserving classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Evelyn Waugh's greatest novel gets a respectable new film treatment from a team of Britain 's biggest names, although it will inevitably remain in the shadow of the 1981 TV series.
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Thompson's work is especially dazzling because the mean, sanctimonious character is so clearly alien to the actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
October 13, 2008
This glorified soap opera, filled with a higher caste of desperate souls, makes Brideshead worth the revisit.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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