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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    By the time Fry lets darkness encroach on these bright young things, the fizz is gone, and so is any reason to make us give a damn. show more

  • 75
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    A witty, energetic adaptation. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Fry's film has the frantic energy and kaleidoscopic style of Waugh's feverish prose. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    This is a wickedly funny skewering of a prewar London society gone mad with frivolity. show more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Noisy and giddy, the film makes a stab at "Moulin Rouge" territory but ends up as a very trite story of boy loses girl, boy finds girl. It is also stridently camp -- not so much roaring '20s as screaming. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie has a sweetness and tenderness for these characters, poor lambs, blissfully unaware that they're about to be flattened by World War II. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A brilliant, giddy satiric romp with a discreetly moralistic viewpoint beneath its high-style wit. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    An enjoyable movie that marks a rattling good directorial debut for Stephen Fry, the English actor who's best known for starring in "Wilde" seven years ago. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Acridly funny. show more

  • 63
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    It fails to dig beneath that surface picture and offer up anything in the way of explanation or motivation. show more

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