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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. 100
    The peculiar quality of Vanity Fair, which sets it aside from the Austen adaptations such as "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice," is that it's not about very nice people. That makes them much more interesting.
  2. Nair and screenwriters Matthew Faulk, Mark Skeet and Julian Fellowes have faithfully carried most of the main characters over from the novel but have changed its point of view.
  3. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    70
    It almost makes you wonder whether Vanity Fair is not the perfect text for a lesson in Buddhist detachment. Certainly, Vanity Fair is a never-ending Western story that benefits from Nair's philosophically Eastern point of view.
  4. 50
    In an effort to blend Thackeray and "Sex and the City," Vanity Fair ends up nowhere.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    There's something about her (Nair) Vanity Fair that doesn't quite work. There is no depth beneath its bright surfaces, no potent emotional undercurrents.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    50
    I don’t quite cherish Thackeray’s novel, but a can-do feminist, multicultural contemporization of it strikes me as, well, unnecessary.
  7. 10
    There may be filmmakers whose own vision is vast enough to take on Thackeray's, but Mira Nair isn't one of them. Her new film of Vanity Fair is a disaster. Scene by scene and moment to moment, it's a woeful misreading of the book.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. GregB.
    Nov 8, 2005
    10
    An extravagant and very well acted retelling of Thackeray's masterpiece of EnglIsh manners and mores at the beginning of the 19th century.
  2. IlzeS.
    Jan 8, 2006
    9
    Movie was good, I liked everyone in this movie. I think, it

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