Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited (2008)

"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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Suspenseful and beautifully mounted, Brideshead Revisited does an able job condensing Evelyn Waugh's novel.

Time Out

Performances are good - Thompson and Gambon impress - but the insipid music is dreadful.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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).

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

It's easy to overstate the varied accomplishments here because of how badly it might have gone. That it landed somewhere between adequate and excellent is satisfying enough.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Thompson, though, is marvelous; with understated precision and grace, she makes every word count. Also excellent is Michael Gambon.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Yes, it's a compressed version, but I found it very enjoyable.

Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Unfortunately, the film doesn't linger at Oxford for long, and the remaining point on the love triangle-Sebastian's sister, Julia-is always present, but only fleetingly interesting.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Mike Scott

A bleak and often befuddling 2-hour-15-minute disappointment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This is an interesting yet certainly not memorable drama with fine performances and a strong story about family, religion and faith in the context of the… More
Mason Williams
Brideshead Revisited is a lovely period piece drama set in 1920's UK. The very talented actress Emma Thopmson palys the matriarch of a very wealthy family… More
jay nixon
Dull, slow moving but visually beautiful. Uncharismatic leads are blown off the screen whenever Emma Thompson is on, displaying her range by playing a markedly… More
Sarah Gaish
<u>Year:</u> 2008 <u>Director:</u> Julian Jarrold <u>Country:</u> UK <u>Genre:</u> Drama… More
Jeremy Smith
Gruesome Hatchet Job of My Favourite Novel. "Utterly Macarbe".
Alice Shen
Sensual and scandalous. Goode, Wishaw, and Atwell are captivating! A little long, but religious themes are nicely done...I guess.