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Bright Star


Jane Campion

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Plot Summary

From Academy Award® winning writer/director Jane Campion (Best Original Screenplay, The Piano, 1993) comes an extraordinary film based on the true story of undying love between renowned poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw, The International) and his spirited muse Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish, Stop-Loss). In the wilds of 19th century England, a forbidden passion draws the two lovers ever closer, even as fate conspires to tear them apart. Bright Star takes you to a world where, though life may be fleeting, great art and great love last forever. Let this sparkling gem of romance illuminate your heart.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 155
  • Fresh: 128
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Campion, who won fans with The Piano (1993) and lost them with the dismal In the Cut (2003) here returns to the top of her form. – Jonathan F. Richards,, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Bright Star deals with the sonnets and the bonnets - top marks to the production and costume designer, Janet Patterson - with wit and restraint, and proves that a chaste romance needn't lack for passion, or poetry. – Anthony Quinn, Independent, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Steadfastness, truth and a simple, blazing, incandescent humanity. This is a literary life story in which life, for once, is the meaningful word. – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Dramatically static from first to final frame, it charts the non-progress of the central relationship as a series of nineteenth-century feints and counter-feints. – Kevin Maher, Little White Lies, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


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Beautiful, underrated romantic drama

Academy Award winner Jane Campion (The Piano) directs the poignant, vivid Bright Star, a drama concerning beloved and influential poet John Keats and the love of his (brief) life. This is a stunning film, from the impeccable performances delivered by Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw (they share an electrifying chemistry) to the jaw-dropping, very natural cinematography. If you are a fan of Keats, poetry, either star, and/or romantic films in general, I highly recommend you consider Bright Star. It's a fine cinematic achievement, one of 2009's best and most memorable. "I wish we were butterflies and lived but three summer days." Swoon away!


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Bright Star
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 2010

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