Vanity Fair: Miniseries Reviews

December 28, 2018
In Cooke, this Vanity Fair has an actor who revels in Becky's scheming and her ambition.
December 21, 2018
Softening Becky's edges and defanging the story's satire, Amazon offers a self-contradictory miniseries without much of a point.
December 21, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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December 20, 2018
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.
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 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.
September 11, 2018
From the entrancing start, you feel as if you are in safe hands. There's an all-star cast...who are such pros that after establishing where you recognise them from, you believe they are their characters.
September 11, 2018
The sets were lovely, the Regency clothes convincing and the romantic juveniles better looking than nature on average supplies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2018
Perhaps it's impossible now to give Vanity Fair a worthy adaptation, but ITV's attempt could at least do with sharpening its claws, if only to see how brilliantly flawed and utterly fascinating a character Becky Sharp has always been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 11, 2018
It feels as energetic and sparkly as a social climber's zeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2018
The whole series was shot through with great performances, in supporting roles and cameos - Sally Phillips had about five lines as Lady Steyne, none of them wasted - but it all rested on the shoulders of Olivia Cooke's Becky Sharp.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2018
[The show] stars Olivia Cooke, who is entirely captivating, but initially she was ill served by the attendant aesthetics, which were too modern, too frantic, too distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2018
It is lusciously feelgood...and they have cast well in Cooke, whom I hope becomes more scheming as it progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5