Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 17, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Vanity Fair

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
141 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/01/04
performer
Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, James Purefoy
director
Mira Nair
distributor
Focus Features
author
Julian Fellowes
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Mira Nair’s adaptation of William Thackeray’s satiric 19th-century novel borders on perky — in a dull, safe tonal choice for the story of Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon), a conniving go-getter whose fall is as precipitous as her rise.

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