Brideshead Revisited
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Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh's classic novel of love and the British class system has been given a polished screen adaptation in this film version from director Julian Jarrold. The tale opens during WWII, when Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode), an English military officer, is stationed at a country estate that has been converted into a military base. Jarrold uses this time-frame and setting as a framing device, and then flashes back in time to Charles' days as a scholar in the 1920s. It becomes clear that he was raised in a middle-class household; though he was fortunate enough to have been accepted into… More

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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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