Bright Star
Bright Star (2009)

London 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 year old English poet, John Keats, and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion. This unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 15, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jane Campion's direction is as refined as her screenplay, and she gets the most out of her cast -- especially Abbie Cornish -- in this understated period drama.

Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Dana Stevens

The rare film about the life of an artist that is itself a work of art.

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Caryn James
Marie Claire

Director Jane Campion's most enthralling film since The Piano.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

In its way Campion's film is a thing of beauty, but its characters' inner lives must be taken on faith.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

If the theme of Bright Star is the realization of oneself in natural emotion, the method is gorgeously unnatural.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

For a movie so sensuously mounted, it's remarkably grounded.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Nicola Evans
Film Comment Magazine

[Jane Campion] shows us here the beautiful sanctuaries that word and image create together, and the reasons why life requires us ... to abandon them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
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Carlos Magalh„es
A mostly genteel and restrained love story between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, with very solid performances by Abbie Cornish, Paul Schneider and Ben… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"First Love Burns Brightest"</i> The drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne,… More
Sarah Gaish
One of the most underrated films of 2009, brilliantly directed, gorgeously photographed and wonderfully acted. Left me a little speechless at the end. Look out… More
Gordon Anderson
Cornish is electric and beautiful set pieces compliment the dreamy atmosphere punctuated by the harsh realities of the time. The leads' obsessive love is… More

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