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Bright Star Reviews

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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 2, 2009
For a movie so sensuously mounted, it's remarkably grounded.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 25, 2009
The rare film about the life of an artist that is itself a work of art.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 25, 2009
In its way Campion's film is a thing of beauty, but its characters' inner lives must be taken on faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 25, 2009
Greig Fraser's cool cinematography offsets the heat in Campion's ecstatically literate screenplay, which quotes Keats' handiwork all the way through the end credits. It sounds like music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 25, 2009
The best costumers, set designers, and property masters can't conjure up the mental and emotional spaces of a simpler era; that requires a filmmaker who knows the virtue of quiet, patience, and attentiveness.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 25, 2009
For a film about love, Bright Star is curiously cold, more pretty than emotional. True stars have heat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 25, 2009
Silence and stillness, as well as the restrained desire of its lovers, are given their due. After the clatter and rush of the summer flicks, patience is demanded but also rewarded.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
September 25, 2009
Bright Star is a rich, sumptuous and, yes, challenging experience.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 25, 2009
It's refreshing to see romantic drama where credulity hasn't been stretched by the magic of Hollywood or the fantasies of the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 25, 2009
What animates this dramatically constrained film are the lively words and the vitality of nature. An image of butterflies blooming in a bedroom is Keats' worldview in miniature.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 24, 2009
Intimate as a whisper, immediate as a blush, and universal as first love, the PG-rated film positively palpitates with the sensual and spiritual.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 24, 2009
Bright Star is ripe with the eroticism of a proud woman being seduced by words and undone by emotions. If that's not worth more than a year of Megan Fox movies, I can't help you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 24, 2009
Bright Star is a well-acted, well-crafted but excruciatingly tepid romantic film about a subject that will attract poetry lovers and yet test even their considerable patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 24, 2009
Bright Star shines brightly indeed, not only on the strength of a couple of powerhouse performances, but also as a look back at a time when poets were rock stars, with all the skinny British attitude that implies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 24, 2009
What Campion does is seek visual beauty to match Keats' verbal beauty. There is a shot here of Fanny in a meadow of blue flowers that is so enthralling it beggars description.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 23, 2009
Bright Star is literate, romantic and high-minded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
September 18, 2009
If you don't mind the inert drama at the core, Bright Star at least gives you plenty of eye candy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 18, 2009
Writer-director Jane Campion has fashioned a fascinating mix of contradictions. Her film is at once gritty and ethereal, grounded and romantic, quaint and contemporary.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 18, 2009
Campion -- who also wrote the screenplay, inspired by British poet Andrew Motion's biography of Keats -- tells the story of Keats and Fanny in delicate, painterly colors, layered in such a way that they're vividly vital.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 18, 2009
A film that avoids any trace of musty reverence for a long-dead poet by concentrating our senses on the breathtaking girl next door.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 18, 2009
A literate, lyrical love story in the age of Hollywood crass. I must be dreaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
September 18, 2009
Every frame of this exquisite period romance features an attention to detail, a passion for literature and an intense, fully clothed, pre-Victorian sexiness that suggest a director in something close to rapture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 18, 2009
There's enough material here for a solid, heartfelt period love story -- it may not make viewers swoon the way a good Jane Austen adaptation might, but it's well enough made to deliver an emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 17, 2009
Bright Star satisfies a hunger we may not have known we had, a hunger for an exquisitely done, emotional love story that marries heartbreaking passion to formidable filmmaking restraint...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 17, 2009
Those who love language and particularly poetic verse will savor the dialogue, as well as the visual splendor of the film. With its gorgeously framed shots and superb craftsmanship, Bright Star is a thing of beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 16, 2009
It's a studied movie that gives itself over to bursts of intensity, and between them sometimes threatens to become as spellbound by its subjects as they become with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 16, 2009
Campion's big-sisterly encouragement of Cornish's lovely, openhearted performance -- and Whishaw's well-matched response -- results in a character instantly, intimately recognizable to anyone remembering her own first love.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 16, 2009
Writer-director Jane Campion approaches the tale with an artiste's respectful solemnity, but it too often comes off like Twilight transplanted across oceans and centuries.
| Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 16, 2009
The achievement of Jane Campion's learned and ravishing new film is to trace the comminglings and collisions of poetic creation and amatory passion.
| Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 15, 2009
England 1818 seems like a Fragonard garden, the pastoral height of civilization. Conversation is witty; summer feels eternal.
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 14, 2009
There's a full complement of geese and mud and some women in bonnets, but Campion avoids finery and ceremony. She doesn't show off the period; she triumphantly makes it a time in which people live as best they can.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 14, 2009
What keeps all this from seeming overmelodramatic is Schneider's huge performance, which is too hilarious. All costume dramas need actors this rude.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 11, 2009
[Star, Abbie] Cornish shines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 16, 2009
A thing of beauty is a joy forever, but a thing of plodding inevitability is just two hours of my time amiably wasted.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
May 16, 2009
Campion has constructed a highly classical narrative, one driven by archaic British dialogue and the mannerisms to match it.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2009
Australian director Jane Campion's gorgeously filmed Festival de Cannes Competition entry "Bright Star" may not be a joy forever but it will do until the next joy comes along.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 15, 2009
Breaking through any period piece mustiness with piercing insight into the emotions and behavior of her characters.