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Brideshead Revisited Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 4/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 1, 2008
Thompson, though, is marvelous; with understated precision and grace, she makes every word count. Also excellent is Michael Gambon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 31, 2008
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 28, 2008
Yes, it's a compressed version, but I found it very enjoyable.
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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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 25, 2008
The saga ultimately lacks the emotional wallop of the TV version. But its clever writing, strong performances and sumptuous production design make for a rich experience nonetheless.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
July 25, 2008
Director Julian Jarrold and writers Jeremy Brock and Andrew Davies have not surpassed their predecessors, but neither have they done any lasting damage with their interpretation of the 1945 novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
July 25, 2008
A very noble movie, which makes it interesting at times, but not often enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Louis Bayard
Salon.com
July 25, 2008
Even clothed in linen and flannel and tweed, the absurdities of Brideshead Revisited can never be entirely hidden.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 25, 2008
Thompson (and another great veteran, Michael Gambon, who shows up as her estranged husband) and Waugh's wit are reason enough to revisit this Brideshead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2008
[Director] Jarrold seems too often to consciously be making an in-quotation-marks classy picture, much like last year's Atonement, in which the costumes and setting are just so, but the human drama gets lost amid the pictorial pleasantries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 25, 2008
This version feels fairly condensed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 25, 2008
A great piece of work in a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 25, 2008
[A] lazy, complacent film, which takes the novel's name in vain.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Albert Williams
Chicago Reader
July 25, 2008
The fine cast includes Emma Thompson as the siblings' gracious but domineering mother, and the location footage of the family's majestic mansion is stunning.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 25, 2008
Brideshead Revisited, it turns out, deserves a revisit.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
July 25, 2008
This is a world of dinner jackets and evening gowns, casual jaunts to Venice and Morocco; it's about elegance, style, money and perhaps too heady a mix of drink, religion and intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 25, 2008
The film is plush and passionate and graced with elegant performances. Best is that of Emma Thompson as Brideshead's matriarch, Lady Marchmain, who resembles a cross between Helen Mirren's Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 25, 2008
Threaded through with ambivalence about class, religion and sexuality, Brideshead Revisited is overnuanced, a world of delicate cruelty, where most of the wounds take place without breaking the skin or even a sweat.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2008
A good, sound example of the British period drama; mid-range Merchant-Ivory, you could say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
July 24, 2008
It's rare to find a work that explores issues of faith without veering into religious fundamentalism or militant atheism, which is reason enough to revisit Brideshead one more time.
| Original Score: A-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 24, 2008
Still hard-hitting and dense, it's a film whose ideal audience consists of younger viewers who haven't seen the TV series and who therefore have nothing to compare it to.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2008
Thompson, Goode and Atwell make for fine screen company, despite [Emma]Thompson's arguable miscasting.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 24, 2008
[A] lush, bold, intellectual treatment of the Evelyn Waugh novel about Catholicism and nonconformity, which ventures where the fabled '80s miniseries couldn't.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 24, 2008
You have to admire the way it refrains from seizing the day for a postmodern lecture on the perils of fundamentalism, and confines itself to the disturbing vision of Evelyn Waugh.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 2008
Brideshead Revisited is opulent and watchable, yet except for Thompson's acting, it's missing something -- a grander, more ambivalent vision of the England it depicts dying out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
July 24, 2008
If you can let go of your memories of the novel and the outstanding 1981 miniseries, this is enjoyable enough as tasteful melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 23, 2008
The film version of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited transforms one of the quintessential novels of the 20th century into one of the grandest, most enriching films of 2008.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 23, 2008
I recommend the brilliant pessimism of this film to all my readers, who I hope will appreciate the exquisitely rendered truthfulness of the narrative.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 21, 2008
A handsomely appointed but oddly unaffecting adaptation.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
July 18, 2008
Allowing auds sufficient retro-aristo-lifestyle sumptuousness for their dollar, yet exhibiting admirable, intelligent directorial restraint, this Brideshead is mainstream arthouse fare par excellence.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 18, 2008
There's room for more than one Brideshead in this far less glamorous day and age.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 15, 2008
For those with an affinity for this kind of movie -- and you know whether this applies to you -- Brideshead Revisited is a worthy, although not superior, motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4