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Jane Campion's literary biopic tells the true story of Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), a 23-year-old Londoner in 1818 whose independent streak manifests itself through an intense interest and love for fashion and dressmaking. Her neighbor, the struggling but gifted young poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw), underestimates her intelligence because he believes she's frivolous, and she, having no interest in literature, seems thoroughly disinterested in him. However, Fanny attempts to help the Keats family when John's brother becomes gravely ill, and in order to express his gratitude John… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Campion, who won fans with The Piano (1993) and lost them with the dismal In the Cut (2003) here returns to the top of her form."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"The rare film about the life of an artist that is itself a work of art."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Campion's film avoids any taint of costume drama frippery. Yes, Fanny starts off as a Regency-era fashionista, but Cornish and Whishaw's deeply felt performances give us a real sense of the beating hearts beneath the frock coats and bonnets."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Romance and poetry have no time to sag"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Janet Patterson has come up with an exquisite wardrobe for Fanny that magically suits both the biographical back-story and Cornish's fine physique. Let's hope Oscar agrees."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"A combination of unstuffy dialogue, wise casting, unselfconscious performances and sensuous but never pretty photography makes Campion's version of the nineteenth century feel current but not anachronistic."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"In its way Campion's film is a thing of beauty, but its characters' inner lives must be taken on faith."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"to film asxoleitai me ton erwta toys, apo th skopia ths Fanny, apo th skopia petaloydas poy sboyrizei anemela mexri na brei sto libadi poihth na toy royfhksei to nektar"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Gorgeous and anchored by a flinty performance from Abbie Cornish, it's a mystery as to why this Jane Campion period piece fades away rather than catches fire."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The plot doesn't have much to go on, so much is imagined but not demonstrably true, with acting, production design and period costume hopefully covering for accuracy."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"For a movie so sensuously mounted, it's remarkably grounded."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Greig Fraser's cool cinematography offsets the heat in Campion's ecstatically literate screenplay, which quotes Keats' handiwork all the way through the end credits. It sounds like music."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The emotions found in Bright Star are raw and passionate, and are magnificently presented in the most simplest and natural moments."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"High-Toned, Tragic, Exalted Soap"
‑ Janos Gereben, Entertainment Insiders
"Has a disarming quality to it, depicting a romance not as torrid waves of drama but as something that is born awkward and steadily gains its holding."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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