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Bright Star Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
June 13, 2016
If the theme of Bright Star is the realization of oneself in natural emotion, the method is gorgeously unnatural.
Nicola Evans
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
[Jane Campion] shows us here the beautiful sanctuaries that word and image create together, and the reasons why life requires us ... to abandon them.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 2, 2012
Campion's film avoids any taint of costume drama frippery. Yes, Fanny starts off as a Regency-era fashionista, but Cornish and Whishaw's deeply felt performances give us a real sense of the beating hearts beneath the frock coats and bonnets.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 29, 2011
to film asxoleitai me ton erwta toys, apo th skopia ths Fanny, apo th skopia petaloydas poy sboyrizei anemela mexri na brei sto libadi poihth na toy royfhksei to nektar
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Christine Champ
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
The emotions found in Bright Star are raw and passionate, and are magnificently presented in the most simplest and natural moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marie Asner
Phantom Tollbooth
July 7, 2010
Bright Star is, indeed, a bright star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Josh Larsen
May 13, 2010
Gorgeous and anchored by a flinty performance from Abbie Cornish, it's a mystery as to why this Jane Campion period piece fades away rather than catches fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 13, 2010
High-Toned, Tragic, Exalted Soap
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 25, 2010
Janet Patterson has come up with an exquisite wardrobe for Fanny that magically suits both the biographical back-story and Cornish's fine physique. Let's hope Oscar agrees.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 12, 2010
Has a disarming quality to it, depicting a romance not as torrid waves of drama but as something that is born awkward and steadily gains its holding.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
December 28, 2009
An intoxicating and intelligent romance film with strong fleshed-out characters that defy all the clichés and pulpy attributes that usually plague this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 27, 2009
This is tragic young love in all its overwrought glory and agony. This is not the reserved, stylish sort of love one seen in Jane Austen's works.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Giles Hardie
December 23, 2009
Oh Bright Star, wouldst thou were a great film... but thou art not. Thou art good but bitsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 18, 2009
But the film is more about the impact of love on both their lives than about the impact of his poetry, which wasn't widely recognised until after his death. Life's a bitch.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 18, 2009
Like a bright star that shines from the heavens, Jane Campion's film about the doomed love between the poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne is exquisitely beautiful, but keeps us at arm's length.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 18, 2009
The most perfect film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
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
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
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
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
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
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