Bright Young Things
Bright Young Things (2003)

A group of young geniuses are drawn together by a mysterious advertisement, and then suspiciously abandoned on an island, where they scramble to sort out their collective fate.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 20, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Colored with witty performances and a camp sense of satire, Stephen Fry's version of Evelyn Waugh's novel may only be fitfully successful but it does mark a promising debut for the British comic.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The 'wit' is leaden and unfunny; the narrative's progress ungainly; the direction stolid.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Satire should seek to sterilise or maim its targets; Fry wants us to feel for them.

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Stephen Hunter
Houston Chronicle

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.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

If you yearn for a Brit fix, this is your flick. If not, think twice before checking it out.

Jane Howdle
Empire Magazine

Though it falls short of Fry's best work in other fields, this is a sound first feature.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The wit never comes through the art deco settings.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Ross Collins
Airy-fairy dross that lacks substance.
Alice Shen
A devilishly delightful romp with excellent social commentary about access and excess.
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"Bright, young people. That's what they call you. Well, I guess one of out three isn't bad." Bright Young Things is one of the lightest… More
Walter M.
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Robert C
I went into this knowing that it would be difficult to capture the brilliance of "Vile Bodies", which is one of my favorite novels. I have to… More
David Sayers
A nicely directed first feature from Fry (although you suspect he's thrown a lot of unneccesary clutter in there too) but your enjoyment of the film will… More