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Vanity Fair Reviews

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September 1, 2004
Starts with energetic glee, but, by the end, it's mocking itself more than skewering society.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 26, 2004
Mira Nair mistakenly makes the conniving Becky a symbol of modern feminist pluckiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 28, 2004
A tedious period piece without a cutting edge.
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August 27, 2004
A collection of intermittent pleasures than a satisfying emotional repast.
September 1, 2004
Nair's ambitions get the best of her, and poison the clarity of her vision.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 3, 2004
Even though it's a valiant effort, Vanity Fair just lacks the necessary talent and oomph to propel it to the level of an elegant, entertaining English period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 25, 2007
Yay! England sucks and India is cool! Well, except for that troublesome caste system, of course.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 18, 2009
From the ostentatious costumes by designer Beatrix Aruna Pasztor ("Wonder Boys") to the annoying male hairstyles that permeate every scene, "Vanity Fair" is a movie that depends on its overall visual effect to hypnotize audiences into overlooking the film
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 1, 2004
By film's end, audiences are bound to be left dissatisfied with the choppy and confusing storytelling style and unhappy about the missed opportunity.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 3, 2004
Perhaps Oscar voters will find something to love here (perhaps some intriguing costume designs), but for the rest of us, Vanity Fair is a snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 2, 2004
Seems to be less an adapatation of the classic 19th-century novel by William Makepeace Thackeray and more of an adaptation of the magazine that bears the same title.
February 2, 2005
Witherspoon is the only thing that kept me watching Vanity Fair even as my eyelids morphed into anvils.
September 1, 2004
Mira Nair and writer Julian Fellowes reestablish Thackery's sense of melodrama, but cannot fully recapture the novel's social criticism.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
September 2, 2004
The movie isn't Cliffs Notes, so much as it is a fast-food drive-thru for a classic novel. Beautifully filmed and its costumes are seamless, though the story's not.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
September 4, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2004
This film, which aims to expose the banal reality behind the grande facade of high society, itself proves to have no depth.
Read More | Original Score: 66/100
August 28, 2004
With a novel of such length, you either have to make a miniseries or adapt it more ruthlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 31, 2004
Opulent yet bland, never venturing below the veneer of its story
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 31, 2004
Unfortunately (Witherspoon) fails to inspire much sympathy for the novel's cunning, charmingly conniving, social-climbing heroine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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