Brideshead Revisited Reviews

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November 24, 2011
May 13, 2009
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.
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 18, 2008
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
October 3, 2008
Performances are good - Thompson and Gambon impress - but the insipid music is dreadful.
August 1, 2008
Thompson, though, is marvelous; with understated precision and grace, she makes every word count. Also excellent is Michael Gambon.
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.
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).
July 28, 2008
Yes, it's a compressed version, but I found it very enjoyable.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2008
A very noble movie, which makes it interesting at times, but not often enough.
July 25, 2008
Even clothed in linen and flannel and tweed, the absurdities of Brideshead Revisited can never be entirely hidden.
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.
July 25, 2008
[Feels] like a lot of other costume dramas. The phrase Brideshead Regurgitated creeps into mind.
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