Brideshead Revisited Reviews

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July 6, 2019
A lot of pretty faces in pretty costumes making each other, and the audience, completely miserable.
October 11, 2018
Director Julian Jarrold and screenwriters Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock seem to have no idea how to interpret their source material.
August 29, 2018
This Brideshead is less a dramatization than what you might call a melodramatization.
August 21, 2017
Unfortunately, the film doesn't linger at Oxford for long, and the remaining point on the love triangle-Sebastian's sister, Julia-is always present, but only fleetingly interesting.
November 24, 2011
August 14, 2009
A bleak and often befuddling 2-hour-15-minute disappointment.
January 25, 2009
Occasionally interesting, always beautiful and regularly tedious, the film attempts to capture a time and a feeling yet it ultimately fails to provide the depth needed to make it wholly successful.
October 29, 2008
It's as if Waugh's story has been filtered through the spiritual blindness of young Charles. The movie sees, but it doesn't understand.
October 24, 2008
Directed by Julian Jarrold from a script by Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock, this new adaptation adroitly condenses Waugh's plot while eliminating or reversing most of his intended meanings.
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.
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
Characters have been left out -- certainly inevitable -- but mainly what this lacks is air to breathe, wit, humor, a lightness of touch to keep it from being the stodgy bore it is.
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,
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.
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.
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.
October 3, 2008
The movie is borrowed from Evelyn Waugh's classic novel but lacks its many layers and subtleties.
October 3, 2008
Someone once said the only thing worse than nuclear war was Evelyn Waugh. Maybe they'd seen this.
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.
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.
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