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Based on 41 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In an effort to blend Thackeray and "Sex and the City," Vanity Fair ends up nowhere. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

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

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A triumph for its director and its star. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Graced with Nair's loving direction, Witherspoon's radiance and that great cast, it is a treat, if somewhat less so than the novel. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Despite its flaws, the movie is compulsively watchable, and few will be bored by it. It's a charming movie that falls short of greatness, but is still worth a solid recommendation. show more

  • November 03, 2012 Rosemary
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    This movie is so underrated. Reese Witherspoon was fantastic. Wonderful performances, glorious production, intelligent script. Somehow i don\'t even remember when this film came out. Sorry i didn\'t get the chance to see it on the big screen.

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