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  • Summary: Gwyneth Hughes' adaptation of the classic novel by Thackeray William Makepeace follows Becky Sharp (Olivia Cooke) as she makes her way from her pennilessness status to the court of King George IV.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Dec 19, 2018
    80
    It’s well-acted all around and paced briskly enough to take up seven hours without filler. There’s nothing particularly ingenious about it; but there’s no looking down on a good story smartly told.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Dec 6, 2018
    80
    Olivia Cooke vibrantly inhabits what little soul the ruthlessly opportunistic Becky Sharp possesses in this irreverent seven-part adaptation of the Thackeray classic. [10 - 23 Dec 2018, p.9]
  3. 75
    Much of the show is a conscious bowdlerization of the epic Thackeray novel. What is lost in the wry and fat prose, the skewering of petty gnat-sized gentry, is regained in the lean performances of the perpetually suffering actors, especially Cooke’s Becky Sharp.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Dec 20, 2018
    63
    No teeth, no energy, no fun, this Vanity Fair can occasionally feel like a homework assignment.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Dec 20, 2018
    60
    Ms. Cooke is a force; her naughty glances into the camera establish her not only as a heroine but our co-conspirator. And for all the directorial dead air, the story structure keeps things fairly fresh, populating Becky’s changing situations with a revolving cast of characters.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Dec 20, 2018
    60
    A respectful and fundamentally simple reading of the novel. Even stretched to seven episodes, it moves fast and hits some of the right notes. Mostly it offers a juicy, well-played role for leading lady Olivia Cooke. ... She becomes less and less convincing as time passes in the show and also as the narrative darkens and the adaptation can't quite bring itself to pass judgement on anything Becky does.
  7. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Dec 14, 2018
    50
    It’s neither terrible nor amazing, but at the very least, it’s efficient.
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