Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair (2004)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A more likable Becky Sharp makes for a less interesting movie.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

It's lavish but lulling, and at two hours and 18 minutes, it's something of a bore.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Lovely literary adaptation with class issues, battle scenes.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

A less than absorbing adaptation of Thackeray's sprawling but sharp-witted classic.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

There is no depth beneath its bright surfaces, no potent emotional undercurrents.

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Cole Smithey

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

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Charles Taylor

Scene by scene and moment to moment, it's a woeful misreading of the book.

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James Berardinelli

A charming movie that falls short of greatness, but is still worth a solid recommendation.

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Rob Gonsalves

Yay! England sucks and India is cool! Well, except for that troublesome caste system, of course.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
I see I liked this as I rated it 4 stars, but just tried to rewatch it today and it honestly did nothing for me. I don't like period pieces in general, I… More
Candy Rose
Period drama about a governess called Becky Sharp who is a ruthless social climber who will do anything to stay in London society. Good cast. Reese Wetherspoon… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] It's period set pieces are designed pretty well, the costume design is… More
Jennifer D
I honestly lost complete interest about half way in. Please know this NEVER happens. I loved the costumes and I like Reese Witherspoon, but it was just so… More
Jennifer Xu
Yuck, just yuck. Long, dull, boring, ridiculous. So much does not make sense about this movie it's ludicrous why Mira Nair would decide to set part of in… More
Wahida K
All's fair in love & war.