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  • Summary: A provocative and suspenseful drama, Brideshead Revisited tells an evocative story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in the pre-WWII era. In the film, Charles Ryder becomes entranced with the noble Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte, and then his sophisticated sister, Julia. The rise and fall of Charles' infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England between the wars. (Miramax Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    91
    It's rare to find a work that explores issues of faith without veering into religious fundamentalism or militant atheism, which is reason enough to revisit Brideshead one more time.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    Offers lush and compelling drama drawn from Evelyn Waugh's beloved novel. Purists may blanch at the screenplay's changes to the source material's narrative fine points, but its spirit survives intact.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    The saga ultimately lacks the emotional wallop of the TV version. But its clever writing, strong performances and sumptuous production design make for a rich experience nonetheless.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    Brideshead Revisited is untaxing, pleasant enough to watch. But I'm still waiting to be seriously discomfited by it.
  5. 63
    This new Brideshead Revisted, though imperfectly revised, is not entirely regrettable.
  6. Reviewed by: Albert Williams
    60
    Julian Jarrold's adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel isn't entirely faithful, but it conveys the book's universal themes.
  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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17