Vanity Fair
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The daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl, Becky is orphaned at a young age. Even as a child, she yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises. As she leaves Miss Pinkerton's Academy at Chiswick, Becky resolves to conquer English society by any means possible. She deploys all of her wit, guile, and sexuality as she makes her way up into high society during the first quarter of the 19th century. Becky's ascension to the heights of society commences when she gains employment as governess to the daughters of eccentric Sir Pitt Crawley. Becky wins… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's lavish but lulling, and at two hours and 18 minutes, it's something of a bore."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Witherspoon moves director Mira Nair's version of Thackeray's social satire forward at a good clip, making Becky's rising and falling fortunes an intensely watchable spectator sport."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Lovely literary adaptation with class issues, battle scenes."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"In Vanity Fair's universe without heroes, shameless central character Becky Sharp would have surely felt supremely at home stuck on Temptation Island, or in the boardroom of The Apprentice."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Becky's adept maneuvering through upper society's pitfalls is sometimes muddled from too many characters and too little explanation, but Witherspoon remains fun to watch..."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"A less than absorbing adaptation of Thackeray's sprawling but sharp-witted classic."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"There is no depth beneath its bright surfaces, no potent emotional undercurrents."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"From the ostentatious costumes by designer Beatrix Aruna Pasztor ("Wonder Boys") to the annoying male hairstyles that permeate every scene, "Vanity Fair" is a movie that depends on its overall visual effect to hypnotize audiences into overlooking the film"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"To our utter delight, these stories and messages are told with superb acting, amazing costumes that burst with color and texture, and dazzling locales."
‑ Camerin Courtney, Christianity Today
"Not at all the stiff costume drama bore I thought this movie was going to be."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Scene by scene and moment to moment, it's a woeful misreading of the book."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"A charming movie that falls short of greatness, but is still worth a solid recommendation."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Yay! England sucks and India is cool! Well, except for that troublesome caste system, of course."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Es una sólida adaptación de la novela de Thackeray por la que bien vale la pena pagar el boleto."
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"Witherspoon is the only thing that kept me watching Vanity Fair even as my eyelids morphed into anvils."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily
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