88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
It shifts the focus from Charles and Sebastian's youthful idyll to the stronger, more provocative relationship between Charles and Julia, wherein lies Waugh's concerns with materialism and velvet-gloved dual grip of family and religion.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The film is plush and passionate and graced with elegant performances. Best is that of Emma Thompson as Brideshead's matriarch, Lady Marchmain, who resembles a cross between Helen Mirren's Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The one performer who seems at home with the gravity of it all is Emma Thompson.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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70

NPR

By Bob Mondello
This is a world of dinner jackets and evening gowns, casual jaunts to Venice and Morocco; it's about elegance, style, money and perhaps too heady a mix of drink, religion and intrigue.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Although it has its involving moments, the watered-down Waugh fails to make any kind of lasting connection.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

A very noble movie, which makes it interesting at times, but not often enough.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The film plays fast and loose with the book, until its emotional depths, spiritual conflicts, and Waugh's discreet humor have been wrung out.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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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64 out of 100
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