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Bright Young Things Reviews

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October 10, 2004
A droll Jazz-Age satire ... with many spirited performances and lively supporting characters, but ultimately as purposeless as the characters themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 7, 2004
A film that not only Anglophiles will enjoy, it is a work that charms us with its portrayal of a lost time, place and generation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2004
Though Fry's movie has plenty of nasty wit, it lacks the sheer luxurious malice of Waugh's book. Fry is acerbic; Waugh is lethal.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 7, 2004
I would have liked "Bright Young Things" more if I had liked the characters less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2004
Inspires equal amounts of guilty envy and haughty revulsion for its hard-partying crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2004
It's fluff, but if entertainment value is all you're looking for, you could do worse
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2004
The episodic structure gets more unwieldy as the story progresses -- the pitfall of condensing a sprawling novel, perhaps -- but there's still room for some rewarding dalliances.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 1, 2004
This satirical period piece settles for being mildly diverting and only sporadically amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 1, 2004
As the characters dance frantically near the abyss, it's hard to care when some of them fall in. *
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2004
Bright Young Things lacks free-spiritedness and bite.
September 27, 2004
Nothing registers through the smothering cheesecloth of the dull staging and inconsequential kookiness...
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 24, 2004
Suffers from feeling like it's just pretending to be good when it's obviously much, much happier being bad. But when it's bad, it's very, very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2004
Its chief strength is the obvious deep-seated affection Fry has for each sedated, hung-over soul.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 24, 2004
If you yearn for a Brit fix, this is your flick. If not, think twice before checking it out.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2004
Since no one is playing a rounded character -- just pawns in Waugh's linguistic 'exercise' -- the performances are necessarily mere snapshots haphazardly crammed into a chaotic album.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2004
For those who mourned the final episodes of Brideshead and other installments of the queen's English, Bright Young Things is a diverting evening in the British Isles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2004
Fry establishes himself as an inspired, world-class talent behind the camera and delivers my favorite film of the year thus far.
September 24, 2004
There are some small gems of performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2004
In trying so hard not to take itself too seriously, Bright Young Things succeeds in being a lot of ado over nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2004
A very funny movie about people who are very sad and don't know it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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