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Brideshead Revisited
"Brideshead Revisited" tells an evocative story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in the pre-WWII era. In the film, Charles Ryder becomes entranced with the noble Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte, and then his sophisticated sister, Julia. The rise and fall of Charles' infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England between the wars.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Performances are good - Thompson and Gambon impress - but the insipid music is dreadful."
‑ , Time Out
"If you're in the market for a veddy British drama and miss seeing Emma Thompson in her natural environment, Brideshead Revisited is a worthwhile two-hour meditation on faith (and the lack thereof)."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"it still has the high-class dramatic feel you'd expect from something you would have watched on PBS twenty years ago"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The events in the film felt rushed and overly obvious, as if Harry Potter's adopted parents dressed him in an "Ask me about wizardry" t-shirt before Hagrid ever turned up."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Thompson, though, is marvelous; with understated precision and grace, she makes every word count. Also excellent is Michael Gambon."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Yes, it's a compressed version, but I found it very enjoyable."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A bleak and often befuddling 2-hour-15-minute disappointment."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Occasionally interesting, always beautiful and regularly tedious, the film attempts to capture a time and a feeling yet it ultimately fails to provide the depth needed to make it wholly successful."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Those with warm memories of the BBC television serial in the 1980s will find much in this Brideshead to enjoy."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"What's missing from Goode's performance and from the film as whole is the layer upon layer of accumulated motive -- the gradual evolution of a man's complex desires and even-more-complicated fears."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"If it's a choice between the movie's 135 minutes or the 659 minutes of the miniseries, I'd say it's no choice at all. The shorter version is the one that seems long."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"slow and beautiful, rather than intense, dramatic and insightful"
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Certainly passable, but less than spectacular, Brideshead Revisited is an authentic and decent adaptation of a well-known novel, but nothing more."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Even if the material is familiar, even if it has been done well before, there is room in a great book for a new interpretation."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
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