Bright Young Things
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The 'wit' is leaden and unfunny; the narrative's progress ungainly; the direction stolid."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Suffers from feeling like it's just pretending to be good when it's obviously much, much happier being bad. But when it's bad, it's very, very good."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Though it falls short of Fry's best work in other fields, this is a sound first feature."
‑ Jane Howdle, Empire Magazine
"The film is a breezy and likable enough entertainment, especially for those of us unfamiliar with Waugh's original."
‑ Daniel Wible, Film Threat
"Fry often seems unsure of whether he wants to stress satire or drama, and while a good film can be both, this film is neither."
‑ Dan Devine, PopMatters
"One conceit of writer-director Stephen Fry is to dramatize parties as knots of chaos, social hurricanes that spill across the landscape this way and that, ruining lives, eating time, preventing progress of any kind."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Houston Chronicle
"If you yearn for a Brit fix, this is your flick. If not, think twice before checking it out."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The wit never comes through the art deco settings."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is in the humorous moments that the movie really hits its stride, with the supporting cast providing many of the laughs."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"A great deal of fun for its first two-thirds."
‑ Glenn Kenny, Premiere Magazine
"Though Fry's movie has plenty of nasty wit, it lacks the sheer luxurious malice of Waugh's book. Fry is acerbic; Waugh is lethal."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Since no one is playing a rounded character -- just pawns in Waugh's linguistic 'exercise' -- the performances are necessarily mere snapshots haphazardly crammed into a chaotic album."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"If a movie can draw this kind of talent for mostly miniscule roles, how can you go wrong?"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The uninitiated are hereby warned: Bright Young Things has an exclusionary timbre. Unlike Hollywood films it never slows down to explain a joke or clarify an allusion."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Fry seems to believe there's nothing that would fulfill audiences more than to vicariously tag along on screen after fictionalized celebrity types from another time."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
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