Vanity Fair: Miniseries (2018)

Vanity Fair

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 58
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Air date: Sep 2, 2018
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Air date: Sep 30, 2018
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Olivia Cooke
as Becky Sharp
Johnny Flynn
as William Dobbin
Simon Russell Beale
as John Sedley
Martin Clunes
as Sir Pitt Crawley
Claudia Jessie
as Amelia Sedley
Charlie Rowe
as George Osborne
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Critic Reviews for Vanity Fair Miniseries

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

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

The sets were lovely, the Regency clothes convincing and the romantic juveniles better looking than nature on average supplies.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Vanity Fair: Miniseries

  • 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 !
  • Sep 30, 2018
    Set against the backdrop of the Napoleon War, Vanity Fair is one of Sunday nights best dramas. With a great ensemble cast and standout performances from Olivia Cooke and Tom Bateman, it makes it one hell of a show to watch. With lavish costumes and Gorgeous sets, it makes it one of my favourite dramas at the moment.

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