Vanity Fair: Miniseries (2018)

Vanity Fair

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Olivia Cooke's brilliant portrayal of the feisty and scheming Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair makes this adaptation of Thackeray's classic novel more relatable for a 21st century audience.



Critic Ratings: 37


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User Ratings: 65

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Air date: Sep 2, 2018

In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no one is more determined to climb to the heights of English Society than Miss Rebecca Sharp.

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Air date: Sep 3, 2018

Becky Sharp charms her way through darkest Hampshire, making friends with nearly everyone in her new family.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2018

Becky lives with rich Aunt Matilda, and her future is looking bright. But as war clouds gather, everyone's fortunes take a tumble.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2018

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Air date: Sep 23, 2018

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Air date: Sep 30, 2018

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Air date: Oct 7, 2018

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Cast & Crew

Michael Palin
William Makepeace Thackery
Olivia Cooke
Becky Sharp
David Fynn
Jos Sedley
Johnny Flynn
William Dobbin
Tom Bateman
Rawdon Crawley
Claudia Jessie
Amelia Sedley
Charlie Rowe
George Osborne
Martin Clunes
Sir Pitt Crawley
Anthony Head
Lord Steyne
Frances de la Tour
Miss Matilda Crawley
Suranne Jones
Miss Pinkerton
Robert Pugh
Mr John Osborne
Sian Clifford
Martha Crawley
Monica Dolan
Mrs Peggy O'Dowd
Siena Kelly
Rhoda Swartz
Niamh Durkin
Rose Crawley
Matthew Baynton
Bute Crawley
Isobel Waller-Bridge
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Critic Reviews for Vanity Fair Miniseries

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (16)

It's well-acted all around and paced briskly enough to take up seven hours without filler. There's nothing particularly ingenious about it; but there's no looking down on a good story smartly told.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

In Cooke, this Vanity Fair has an actor who revels in Becky's scheming and her ambition.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Absent venom and mockery, there's no edge and certainly no laughs. What's left is just another competent adaptation of a particularly famous book, and ultimately - regrettably - a forgettable one.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a core story with good bones and these are those bones, decently played by a decent cast. There's nothing more definitive or illuminating than that.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Softening Becky's edges and defanging the story's satire, Amazon offers a self-contradictory miniseries without much of a point.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Cooke does an admirable job making the cold-hearted, quick-witted Becky entertainingly unlikable; if only the production didn't require her to break the fourth wall with periodic smirks to the camera.

Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Though still a "very vain, wicked, foolish place, full of all sorts of humbugs and falsenesses and pretensions," Amazon's Vanity Fair is nonetheless a deliciously entertaining and edifying place.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

For those who have never read or seen Vanity Fair, this is a perfectly good by-the-numbers adaptation.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Bland literary adaptation even dulls edgy protagonist.

Jan 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

And while Becky seems less unique today, Amazon's Vanity Fair is still worth watching, if for no other reason than to consider how original she would've seemed in Thackeray's 1848 epic.

Dec 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Cooke is so sparkling here, in fact, the one concern is that everything else and everyone else struggles to be quite as scintillating.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…

[A] dreamily sardonic vision of Thackeray's Napoleonic puppet show.

Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: 8.1/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vanity Fair: Miniseries

  • May 08, 2020
    Excellent acting, anchored by Olivia Cooke, who steals every scene--even though her character is essentially unlovable. Struggling to find her place in a class-conscious world that values a fortunate birth over talent and ingenuity, Becky would be recognized today as a charming psychopath. She's manipulative, has no real emotional attachments, and only values people for what they can do for her.
  • Feb 05, 2020
    Absolutely disgusting. Why they gotta do my mans like that? 🤢
  • Oct 15, 2019
    Moved me to tears, the realistic portrayal, character development, acting, every scene and/or supporting actor seemed essential. The plot towards the end, when the Major discovers Becky's infidelity was the only weak point where it felt a tad forced. Other than that, what a heartbreaking and perfect rendition of intertwined lives. Fantastic. Music score one of the best in years; my only contention is the original Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division should have been used.
  • Aug 02, 2019
    Excellent excellent!!
  • Feb 17, 2019
    Olivia literally brings this show to life. I cannot imagine how this story would be any better without her spice.
  • Jan 29, 2019
    Absolutely brilliant. Thought we had seen the last of these marvelous period pieces. Thank goodness I was wrong. Enjoy!
  • Jan 27, 2019
    interesting, scheming, nasty, oh wait, vanity Unfair...worth watching on rainy winter days
  • Jan 09, 2019
    Loved it. Casting was great and I loved the adaption.
  • Oct 27, 2018
    Love this series. Very enjoyable entertainment.
  • Oct 04, 2018
    I love it! Genuinely can’t get enough of it !

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