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Bright Young Things Reviews

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 29, 2015
Satire should seek to sterilise or maim its targets; Fry wants us to feel for them.
Jane Howdle
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Though it falls short of Fry's best work in other fields, this is a sound first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 4, 2006
The wit never comes through the art deco settings.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
If a movie can draw this kind of talent for mostly miniscule roles, how can you go wrong?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The 'wit' is leaden and unfunny; the narrative's progress ungainly; the direction stolid.
Daniel Wible
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The film is a breezy and likable enough entertainment, especially for those of us unfamiliar with Waugh's original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
It is in the humorous moments that the movie really hits its stride, with the supporting cast providing many of the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
One conceit of writer-director Stephen Fry is to dramatize parties as knots of chaos, social hurricanes that spill across the landscape this way and that, ruining lives, eating time, preventing progress of any kind.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
The uninitiated are hereby warned: Bright Young Things has an exclusionary timbre. Unlike Hollywood films it never slows down to explain a joke or clarify an allusion.
Read More | Original Score: B+
Dan Devine
November 23, 2004
Fry often seems unsure of whether he wants to stress satire or drama, and while a good film can be both, this film is neither.
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
November 2, 2004
A great deal of fun for its first two-thirds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
November 2, 2004
Fry seems to believe there's nothing that would fulfill audiences more than to vicariously tag along on screen after fictionalized celebrity types from another time.
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 28, 2004
Memorable characters come and go so often and so franticaly that you wonder if World War II might have been merely the explosion of England's fast pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
October 26, 2004
Fry directs his performers with real sensitivity; as the film moves along it becomes a showcase for some really wonderful ensemble acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 21, 2004
Reality is rude.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 19, 2004
If there was ever a film to prove my theory that we, as a species, have lost our sense of purpose, Bright Young Things is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 19, 2004
If this is meant to recall hell, then, baby, hell looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 13, 2004
That rarest of things: a movie that is at once the filmmaker's own and a respectful adaptation of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 11, 2004
All candied gloss and smart quips.
Alan Dale
October 10, 2004
All told, Bright Young Things is one of the most depressing obliterations of a literary source that comes to mind.
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