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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. 75
    Despite its flaws, the movie is compulsively watchable, and few will be bored by it. It's a charming movie that falls short of greatness, but is still worth a solid recommendation.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    While the film bubbles with humor, sensual detail and heaps of plot, it never quite becomes more than the sum of its parts. It's well worth seeing, but it isn't transcendent.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    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.
  5. 50
    In an effort to blend Thackeray and "Sex and the City," Vanity Fair ends up nowhere.
  6. This might be tolerable if Nair hadn't missed the central point, that Becky Sharp isn't sharp like spice, she's sharp like a razor.
  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
    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
    Movie was good, I liked everyone in this movie. I think, it

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