Brideshead Revisited

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. Although it has its involving moments, the watered-down Waugh fails to make any kind of lasting connection.
  2. Julian Jarrold's adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel isn't entirely faithful, but it conveys the book's universal themes.
  3. 60
    That the film is neither a true triumph nor a total disaster makes it somewhat difficult to justify revisiting "Brideshead," apart from the hope it will inspire someone somewhere to pick up the book.
  4. A very noble movie, which makes it interesting at times, but not often enough.
  5. 50
    The film plays fast and loose with the book, until its emotional depths, spiritual conflicts, and Waugh's discreet humor have been wrung out.
  6. 50
    Jarrold's reduction of the story is so archetypal that it's indistinguishable from soap opera.
  7. The world didn't need a superficial big-screen adaptation of a rich, dense book that's about, among many other things, the passage of time. The perplexity is why the film is so lifeless and remote.
  8. 40
    Mr. Goode shows all the charisma of a stalk of boiled asparagus molded into the likeness of Jeremy Irons.
  9. May feel especially like a statue covered in drapery. Unfortunately, the movie's attempts to steam things up feel about as exciting as an after-dinner mint.
  10. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    40
    Okay for those who dote on ‘classics illustrated’ in the Merchant Ivory line, but not as fluid as all that.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17
  1. RobertI.
    Mar 1, 2009
    6
    Workmanlike, lush, but lacking tooth. Is our generation simply more insipid than the original, or addicted to Technicolor? Give us 8 more Workmanlike, lush, but lacking tooth. Is our generation simply more insipid than the original, or addicted to Technicolor? Give us 8 more hours, in black and white. Full Review »
  2. MatthewM.
    Jan 31, 2009
    9
    Fantastic period piece. A beautifully tragic story where religion, dying victorian values, social ambition, and a vastly changing world in Fantastic period piece. A beautifully tragic story where religion, dying victorian values, social ambition, and a vastly changing world in the early 20th century are at odds. Full Review »
  3. pascaladolphejean
    Jan 16, 2009
    5
    Although the production values are generally good, there is a clobber-you-over-the-head quality to the screen adaptation and some of the Although the production values are generally good, there is a clobber-you-over-the-head quality to the screen adaptation and some of the performances that make the film far inferior to the mini-series. Marginalizing the theme of old-world Catholicism in the lives of the characters was also a major mistake. At best, this version is a watchable costume drama, and not much more. Too bad. Full Review »