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Brideshead Revisited Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 1, 2008
...more fun than expected, and in its own middlebrow way, peculiarly true to Waugh's own vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 25, 2008
If it's a choice between the movie's 135 minutes or the 659 minutes of the miniseries, I'd say it's no choice at all. The shorter version is the one that seems long.
Mike Scott
August 14, 2009
A bleak and often befuddling 2-hour-15-minute disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 1, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
July 21, 2008
This new Brideshead takes a step in the right direction, but it's time some radical writer or filmmaker dared to leave out the dim Julia charade and let Charles and Sebastian play out their Isherwood/Auden Oxford love match to its full.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 17, 2008
This revisiting of Evelyn Waugh's novel is successful in part in that it firmly envelops both its characters and us into a cloud of Catholic claustrophobia. But Julian Jarrold's film is so plodding and overlong, that by the time it reaches its resolution,
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 24, 2008
At just over two hours, the film naturally feels a bit cramped and the most interesting elements are given fairly short shrift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 23, 2008
This is a beautiful production that doesn't succeed due to a major casting blunder and how the story switches focus in the final act.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 25, 2008
Gauzy and unfocused. It suffers from too many rooms and not enough view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
This new movie is measured and tasteful, clearly a labor of serious intent, and hints at breadth of story and depth of character. But it only hints; the movie itself, sad to say, is rather dreary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 28, 2008
It's been fussed over until there's not an inch of life left in the thing, just the glassy pleasures of an instant museum piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 25, 2008
[Feels] like a lot of other costume dramas. The phrase Brideshead Regurgitated creeps into mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Peter Sobczynski
July 24, 2008
In trying to wrestle the story into a workable running time, the film has taken a greatest hits approach to the material that recreates the best-known moments but which lacks all of the nuance and detail of either the book or the miniseries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
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.
Willie Waffle
July 24, 2008
If you go with a group of friends to see Brideshead Revisited, the one who is still awake at the end wins a free dinner from the rest of the group.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 24, 2008
[I]t's rather like its protagonist, Charles Ryder: really quite handsome to look at but so damn tedious and somber that you want to smack some sense into him.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 3, 2008
This new version of the Evelyn Waugh tale of conflicts in class, sexuality and religion is more about the sumptuous imagery than the provocative subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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