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Bright Young Things Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
August 20, 2004
What begins as farce eventually spirals into melodrama as the world goes to war, and it's difficult for Fry to maintain the frothy tone that went before.
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 10, 2004
It's a fits-and-starts kind of thing, advancing three steps to the side for every step forward, possibly more enchanted with the vagaries of its own characters than we in the audience might be.
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.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 29, 2015
Satire should seek to sterilise or maim its targets; Fry wants us to feel for them.
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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.
Susan Granger
August 19, 2004
This brittle, satirical romance is plagued by thick British accents that make it difficult to deceipher much of the dialogue. Perhaps it just doesn't cross the pond too well.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 4, 2006
The wit never comes through the art deco settings.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 12, 2004
By the time Fry lets darkness encroach on these bright young things, including a flapper and a suicidal scribe, the fizz is gone.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 20, 2004
As Agatha might observe, it's all too, too yawn-making. Who are these dreadful people and why on earth must we watch them learning their little moral lessons?
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John Anderson
August 20, 2004
A bonbon with an empty center.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
| Original Score: C+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 2, 2004
Affectations galore--that wouldn't play well in an earlier century.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 22, 2004
If you enjoy seeing the entitled at their worst, you just might like this movie. It does have a few worthy moments, but [more often it's] Dull Young Things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 29, 2004
Bright Young Things lacks free-spiritedness and bite.
Tony Medley
September 19, 2004
The failure to present these people as parodies, and emphasizing the tragic instead of the comedic (keeps) this entertaining movie (from being) something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 11, 2004
All candied gloss and smart quips.
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