Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A triumph for its director and its star.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Yet something's missing in director Mira Nair's treatment -- specifically, a point of view about the material, a compelling reason for this historical excavation beyond the fact that Reese Witherspoon makes a convincing Becky Sharp.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The spirit of that most modern of 19th century heroines, Becky Sharp, remains intact, and Nair's Indian touches make for an intriguing, fresh approach.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It borders on perky -- a duller, safer tonal choice for the story of a conniving go-getter whose fall is as precipitous as her rise.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The movie crams in so many of the events and characters of Thack­eray's 900-page novel that the story often seems to be moving on fast-forward, pausing here and there to introduce a character, then skipping ahead — from London to the country to Brussels and on, eventually, to India.
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Wall Street Journal

Despite the curry flavoring Ms. Nair has seen fit to add, this is a Vanity Fair without spice.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In an effort to blend Thackeray and "Sex and the City," Vanity Fair ends up nowhere.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Thackeray said that he wanted "to leave everybody dissatisfied and unhappy at the end of the story." Nair may have had other intentions, but by film's end, audiences are bound to be left dissatisfied with the choppy and confusing storytelling style and unhappy about the missed opportunity.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
She has been made lovable -- and a Vanity Fair with a lovable Becky Sharp has no reason to exist. It's as if Shakespeare had put Hamlet on Prozac: What's the point?
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53 out of 100
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