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Brideshead Revisited (2008)



Critic Consensus: Suspenseful and beautifully mounted, Brideshead Revisited does an able job condensing Evelyn Waugh's novel.

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"Brideshead Revisited" tells an evocative story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in the pre-WWII era. In the film, Charles Ryder becomes entranced with the noble Marchmain family, first through the charming and provocative Sebastian Flyte, and then his sophisticated sister, Julia. The rise and fall of Charles' infatuations reflect the decline of a decadent era in England between the wars.

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Matthew Goode
as Charles Ryder
Ben Whishaw
as Sebastian Flyte
Emma Thompson
as Lady Marchmain
Hayley Atwell
as Julia Flyte
Michael Gambon
as Lord Marchmain
Ed Stoppard
as Bridey Flyte
Felicity Jones
as Cordelia Flyte
Patrick Malahide
as Mr. Edward Ryder
Jonathan Cake
as Rex Mottram
David Barrass
as ship's barber
Joseph Beattie
as Anthony Blanche
Richard Teverson
as Cousin Jasper
Sarah Crowden
as Lady guest
Anna Madeley
as Celia Ryder
Stephen Carlile
as English lord
Peter Barnes
as American professor
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Critic Reviews for Brideshead Revisited

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (56)

Those with warm memories of the BBC television serial in the 1980s will find much in this Brideshead to enjoy.

October 31, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Even if the material is familiar, even if it has been done well before, there is room in a great book for a new interpretation.

October 31, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's as if Waugh's story has been filtered through the spiritual blindness of young Charles. The movie sees, but it doesn't understand.

October 29, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Directed by Julian Jarrold from a script by Andrew Davies and Jeremy Brock, this new adaptation adroitly condenses Waugh's plot while eliminating or reversing most of his intended meanings.

October 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

At just over two hours, the film naturally feels a bit cramped and the most interesting elements are given fairly short shrift.

October 24, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5

In the end, however, this is a film which though less ambitious than Atonement is very much the equal of The Duchess. Its weakness is the same as that of the latter: it has no guiding hand prepared to take risks and make it distinctive.

October 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Brideshead Revisited


This is an interesting yet certainly not memorable drama with fine performances and a strong story about family, religion and faith in the context of the decadence of British aristocracy prior to WWII, and it may leave you thinking about it long after the film is over.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Dull, slow moving but visually beautiful. Uncharismatic leads are blown off the screen whenever Emma Thompson is on, displaying her range by playing a markedly different character than usual and as always doing it masterfully. Once she's gone from the scene its just pretty pictures with people you neither really like or care about.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Gruesome Hatchet Job of My Favourite Novel. "Utterly Macarbe".

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

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