Academy Award® winner Jane Campion (The Piano) directs this touching, timeless tale of the passionate romance between English poet John Keats and his beloved muse.
© 2009 Pathe Productions Limited, Screen Australia, British Broadcasting Corporation, UK Film Council
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Romantic, moving film unlikely to interest tweens.
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Fresh: Greig Fraser's cool cinematography offsets the heat in Campion's ecstatically literate screenplay, which quotes Keats' handiwork all the way through the end credits. It sounds like music.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, September 25, 2009
Fresh: Bright Star shines brightly indeed, not only on the strength of a couple of powerhouse performances, but also as a look back at a time when poets were rock stars, with all the skinny British attitude that implies.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, September 24, 2009
Fresh: Intimate as a whisper, immediate as a blush, and universal as first love, the PG-rated film positively palpitates with the sensual and spiritual.
- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, September 24, 2009
One of the most underrated films of 2009, brilliantly directed, gorgeously photographed and wonderfully acted. Left me a little speechless at the end. Look out for Ben Wishaw's reading at the end of the credits-just a brilliant delivery and a wonderful voice! Wonderful performances by Abbie Cornish and Ben Wishaw.Look out for Ben Wishaw's reading at the end of the credits-just a brilliant delivery and a wonderful voice! Highly recommended
- SarahG1988, Monday, September 13, 2010
Ever wish the fictitious on-screen couple in a movie would fall apart so you could get some action with the leading lady? Yeah, neither have I. Save that for people who get emotionally involved in movies. That's not to say her character didn't make me hot in all those tailored 1800s outfits. Mmmm, girl. I'd watch it again. Even though the second half was, at times, almost unbearably sad. Something tells me I'll be on the lookout for more films featuring either Ben Whishaw or Abbie Cornish. After I watched "I'm Not There," I was patiently waiting another film with Ben Whishaw in it. Lo and behold, here's one. Better yet, my mom rented this movie and lent it to me. My mom NEVER rents excellent movies. Without my guidance. Total mindfuck.
- djdemersseman, Thursday, August 12, 2010