Vanity Fair

2004, Drama, 2h 20m

169 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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A more likable Becky Sharp makes for a less interesting movie. Read critic reviews

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Born to poor parents, Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon) has always aspired to be a member of England's upper classes. Leaving her boarding school and best friend, Amelia (Romola Garai), behind, Becky associates herself with the Crawleys, eventually falling in love with their son, Rawdon (James Purefoy). The marriage is happy at first, but deteriorates when Rawdon's fortune dwindles. Becky is then supported by the lecherous Marquess of Steyne (Gabriel Byrne), whose motives are less than pure.

Cast & Crew

Eileen Atkins
Miss Matilda Crawley
Jim Broadbent
Mr. Osborne
Gabriel Byrne
The Marquess of Steyne
Romola Garai
Amelia Sedley
Bob Hoskins
Pitt the elder
Rhys Ifans
William Dobbin
Geraldine McEwan
Lady Southdown
James Purefoy
Rawdon Crawley
Douglas Hodge
Pitt Crawley
Natasha Little
Lady Jane Sheepshanks
Tony Maudsley
Joseph Sedley
Mira Nair
Director
Howard Cohen
Executive Producer
Pippa Cross
Executive Producer
Declan Quinn
Cinematographer
Matthew Faulk
Screenwriter
Matthew Faulk
Associate Producer
Mark Skeet
Screenwriter
Mark Skeet
Associate Producer
Julian Fellowes
Screenwriter
Jonathan Lynn
Executive Producer
Jane Frazer
Co-Producer
Maria Djurkovic
Production Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Costume Designer
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  • May 26, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] It's period set pieces are designed pretty well, the costume design is imaginative, and technically, Vanity Fair is kind of excellent. However, i'm not sure if i'm the only one who saw this but Reese Witherspoon's performance is a bit of a mixed bag, sometimes she acts convincingly, but in the more dramatic moments she tends to crack slightly. Also her character, Becca Sharp, like many have said is supposedly dislikable, even if the film managed to make her that way she still wouldn't be that interesting. Mainly due to it's incoherent uncertain style of storytelling. In addition the ending is highly unclimatic and as a whole, the film is just too long. It's not terrible because there are some good supporting performances, such as Tony Maudsley's, but it's often quite dull and lifeless and suffers from various sub plots and a bloated amount of unnecessary characters.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2011
    Of course I liked this costume drama. Reese Witherspoon is effortless in her portrayal of Becky Sharp. I am becoming a real fan of director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), who captures the role India played in the British imagination at the time. I quite like the more positive view of Becky Sharp and other characters. Character faults can be understandable. My only complaint is that the movie dumbed down the book with regard to the relationship with the Marquess of Steyne. She would have had to do more than smile at him to make up for his favour! Nonetheless an enjoyable romp if you are into period pieces.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2011
    Yuck, just yuck. Long, dull, boring, ridiculous. So much does not make sense about this movie it's ludicrous why Mira Nair would decide to set part of in India. I know part of this is Thackeray's problem and not Nair's, but...seriously?
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2010
    Over 2 hours and 20 minutes of intrigue and real life drama is easy to follow only if you're a historical movie fan... but Mira Nair makes you become one if you're not! Solid work!
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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