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  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Fry establishes himself as an inspired, world-class talent behind the camera and delivers my favorite film of the year thus far.
  2. 80
    in its best moments, Bright Young Things is as lithe and as wicked as its source material. Depending on how much of a Waugh purist you are, its flaws may trouble you as you're watching it. But afterward, they might not matter so much.
  3. An enjoyable movie that marks a rattling good directorial debut for Stephen Fry, the English actor who's best known for starring in "Wilde" seven years ago.
  4. The performance that comes closest to capturing the Waugh elixir is Fenella Woolgar's as madcapping Miss Runcible, who ultimately commandeers a racing car.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel Wible
    Fun, giddy, and intoxicating as the endless soirees in which it revels.
  6. 50
    Soon settles down into a drizzle of steady mediocrity, never living up to all the frenzy of those first few moments.
  7. The movie, alas, is shackled somewhat by Waugh's original, pedestrian plot, which is too full of discrete incidents and slow to form an overarching story.

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