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Bright Star Reviews

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December 17, 2009
Your heart will break, your head will swoon, and you will hope against hope for a happy ending that history will not permit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2009
One of the year's pleasures for the eyes, mind and heart -- a bright star indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 17, 2009
Jane Campion's film is as lyrical as you might expect but it's also enlivened with a bracing air of irreverence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2009
Equal parts a lovely daydream and heaving, lovelorn sobs, Bright Star is something of an intimate masterpiece.
December 16, 2009
I think it's her most restrained film, in a lot of ways. It's very classic. It's very poetic. It embraces Keats poetry in the making of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 16, 2009
Campion takes her time to tell her tender story, but the film rewards with a conclusion I found incredibly moving. This is certainly one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 12, 2009
A lush romantic drama where the best elements are the least romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2009
This is a worthwhile story told with lukewarm emotion. The doomed love comes off as less a tragedy than a pity. The background makes this story more interesting than the foreground does.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
November 22, 2009
Campion, who won fans with The Piano (1993) and lost them with the dismal In the Cut (2003) here returns to the top of her form.
November 13, 2009
Bright Star is an admirable film made by a superb craftsman, but for me, Campion fails to deliver the big emotional punch she hopes to land.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
Sit and savour this marvellous film until the lights come up.
November 6, 2009
A combination of unstuffy dialogue, wise casting, unselfconscious performances and sensuous but never pretty photography makes Campion's version of the nineteenth century feel current but not anachronistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2009
An eloquent, well-crafted return to form - and return to corsets and period frocks - for Jane Campion, who uses the character of Fanny Brawne, the survivor, to give a unique perspective on the creative, terminal period in the life of John Keats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 6, 2009
Without major tension, conflict or crisis, Brawne and Keats simply mope about, moon at each other, talk about literature and wait for the great poet to die from tuberculosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 6, 2009
Dramatically static from first to final frame, it charts the non-progress of the central relationship as a series of nineteenth-century feints and counter-feints.
November 6, 2009
A wonderfully realised account of intoxicating love and a movie with spirit and soul. Don't expect it to set the box office on fire though.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2009
This shrugs off the musty restraints of costumed stereotypes and concentrates exclusively on the slowburning affair as Keats finds himself "dissolving" as love draws him in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2009
Quietly shedding all the fussy baggage of 'heritage drama', Campion gives us a moving account of Keats' great love and tragic death. A film of pictorial beauty and authenticity, graced with a fine cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2009
There's a spellbinding, painterly quality to the way Campion depicts the changing seasons (between 1819 and 1820) and it sets a mood that complements the poet's vivid and sensuous style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2009
It simmers rather than sizzles, shimmers rather than sears. But possession of a Y chromosome is by no means an obstacle to enjoyment of it.
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