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Vanity Fair (2004)

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Mira Nair

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Plot Summary

Reese Witherspoon gives a vibrant, captivating performance as one of the greatest female characters of all time, Becky Sharp, in the new, sumptuous and sexy epic from acclaimed director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). It's a dazzling ascent up the social ladder as vivacious Becky schemes and seduces her way to the top - until love and romance threaten to get in the way! Join her daring adventures that prove all is fair in love and war.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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51%
  • Reviews Counted: 164
  • Fresh: 83
  • Rotten: 81
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There is no depth beneath its bright surfaces, no potent emotional undercurrents. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: By film's end, audiences are bound to be left dissatisfied with the choppy and confusing storytelling style and unhappy about the missed opportunity. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Witherspoon moves director Mira Nair's version of Thackeray's social satire forward at a good clip, making Becky's rising and falling fortunes an intensely watchable spectator sport. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Witherspoon's simply terrific, and it's amazing how quickly and easily she sheds speculation that she was too modern for the role. – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Really Good

Almost 200 years ago William Makepeace Thackery sat down to write an epic and what he came up with was "Vanity Fair" the tale of a young woman who will do almost anything to climb the social ladder. I watched the movie after reading the book and I loved it, it follows almost exactly to the original tale, set in England durning the time of the Napoleonic Wars. However, if you haven't read the book you may not find this colorful epic quite to your liking as there are many different people to keep track of. It is beautifully written and directed- with an all-star cast. I think Mr. Thackery would have been pleased. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Jim Broadbent, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

A thought provoking tale

What could be more interesting than the tale of a person who wants to climb a seemingly impenetrable social ladder of success? Thackery certainly knew what he was doing as he spun the story of not just Becky Sharp, but of the Osbornes, Crawleys, and everyone else.

The movie does move a little fast, but it's not hard to figure out who's who and who's doing what part way through.

A great movie; the actors/actresses did a wonderful job! James Purefoy (Rawdon Crawley) and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (George Osborne) add to the movie not just because of their acting ability, but also 'cause who wouldn't like to feast upon eye candy when watching a period film?!

The best scene is probably when Becky tells Rawdon she's going to have a baby. The way this scene was written was superbly done.

Really well done.

Humanized a book which I always find a slightly depressing read and made it vivid. Excellent characterizations...the Becky-Rawdon relationship really believable and tragic. And then of course all the usual wonderful Brit character actors doing their usual wonderful renditions. As icing, great costumes, scenary and historical reconstructions...altogether a great treat.

Vanity Fair (2004)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2004

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