100

San Francisco Chronicle

A fine-boned, luminous tribute to Keats and the sufferings of love.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Intimate as a whisper, immediate as a blush, and universal as first love, the PG-rated film positively palpitates with the sensual and spiritual.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Campion's big-sisterly encouragement of Cornish's lovely, openhearted performance -- and Whishaw's well-matched response -- results in a character instantly, intimately recognizable to anyone remembering her own first love.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Jane Campion has performed her own feat of romantic imagination.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Bright Star may not be a joy forever but it will do until the next joy comes along.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Bright Star is a thing of beauty and a joy for a movie season that needs it.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What Campion does is seek visual beauty to match Keats' verbal beauty. There is a shot here of Fanny in a meadow of blue flowers that is so enthralling it beggars description.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Bright Star is the New Zealand writer-director's raw, sensual attempt to render Keats as experienced by a young girl who couldn't understand the genius of his verse.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
What the film does best is remind us of the brilliance of Keats flame and how it was extinguished far too early.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There's nothing exceptional about Jane Campion's historical biography, but it's a sufficiently lovely tale to suit romantics with a taste for intimate period dramas.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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