The Bonfire of the Vanities
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

Brian De Palma's Hollywood sanitization of Tom Wolfe's scabrous satire stars Tom Hanks as Sherman McCoy, the "master of the universe," a shallow Wall Street investor who makes millions while enjoying the good life and the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 21, 1990
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

If you're interested in a faithful visual adaptation of Wolfe's novel, be assured that this isn't it.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

If you loved Wolfe's book, you may very well hate the movie. If you simply liked the novel, you may be simultaneously entertained and disappointed by what De Palma and Cristofer have done to it.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

It's ultimately not difficult to see why The Bonfire of the Vanities was (and still is) regarded as an epic big-budget bomb...

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

What a mess.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Certainly Wolfe's canvas might lend itself to a broad approach, but broad like Dr. Strangelove, not broad like the Three Stooges.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Brian DePalma lapses into idle, slapsticky digressions. You don't get angry at what he's attacking, or defensive; you just get weary.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

On film, Bonfire achieves a consistency of ineptitude rare even in this era of over-inflated cinematic air bags.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The film was cast wrong and written shallowly.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Tom Wolfe's widely read satire becomes a tedious farce, turning one of the year's most anticipated movies into one of the most disappointing.

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Ken Stachnik
Bonfire of the Vanities is not the tumbling shit-fest you've been told it is. In fact the film is pretty funny and shot really nicely. It's not… More
Dann Michalski
From Brian De Palma comes the satirical comedy The Bonfire of the Vanities. Based on an acclaimed novel, the story follows a Wall Street bond trader who's… More
Conner Rainwater
In no way is it the disaster that most people claim it to be. In fact, itā??s actually a very well done criticism of the 80s yuppie lifestyle as well as racism,… More
Dean McKenna
Tom Wolfe's novel has been shaped into a trivial, cartoon-style movie by director Brian De Palma. This savage comedy is ridiculous and worst film with Tom… More