Vanity Fair: Miniseries Reviews

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February 14, 2019
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.
January 24, 2019
For those who have never read or seen Vanity Fair, this is a perfectly good by-the-numbers adaptation.
January 9, 2019
Bland literary adaptation even dulls edgy protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 28, 2018
In Cooke, this Vanity Fair has an actor who revels in Becky's scheming and her ambition.
December 22, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 21, 2018
Cooke is so sparkling here, in fact, the one concern is that everything else and everyone else struggles to be quite as scintillating.
December 21, 2018
[A] dreamily sardonic vision of Thackeray's Napoleonic puppet show.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
December 21, 2018
It's a colorful and proudly shallow wallow in bad behavior and high melodrama.
December 21, 2018
One can feel the strain in the efforts to make Vanity Fair palatable to an audience so far removed from the socio-political subtleties of Victorian England... But Ms. Cooke is a force.
December 21, 2018
STREAM IT. There's nothing inherently wrong with this version of Vanity Fair, so Cooke's performance puts it over the top.
December 20, 2018
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.
December 20, 2018
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.
December 18, 2018
Cooke's performance alone is enough to convince us of its relevance; her Becky Sharp is a woman ahead of her time. By rendering that without denying her flaws, the newest Vanity Fair still manages to revive this singular character...
December 18, 2018
But this spin on Thackeray's eagle-eyed takedown of what he describes as "a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having" feels fresh and strangely contemporary in tone, style and feel for the nuances of human dynamics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2018
There's no bloat in the tightly plotted seven-part story.
December 16, 2018
What is lost in the wry and fat prose, the skewering of petty gnat-sized gentry, is regained in the lean performances of the perpetually suffering actors, especially Cooke's Becky Sharp.
December 16, 2018
"Vanity Fair" is counting on just such leniency. It's neither terrible nor amazing, but at the very least, it's efficient.
October 3, 2018
Olivia Cooke as Becky is superb, supported by Clunes, Suranne Jones and Frances de la Tour as Aunt Matilda.
September 24, 2018
I was unfair to this show a couple of weeks ago: it has become a sublime adaptation.
September 12, 2018
Cooke looks like a cross between Jenna Coleman and Rose Byrne, and she is perfect as Becky.
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