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The Bonfire of the Vanities

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After his mistress runs over a young teen, powerful Wall Street executive Sherman McCoy sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.
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June 28, 2013

Reduced to pure plot, the narrative is not so much a sendup of 1980s hypocrisy as an orgy of banal, juvenile mean-spiritedness. The irony of Wolfe's book becomes shrill, screaming sarcasm, unpleasant, and, worse, unfunny.
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People Magazine
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June 28, 2013

Brian DePalma lapses into idle, slapsticky digressions. You don't get angry at what he's attacking, or defensive; you just get weary.
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Rolling Stone
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June 28, 2013

On film, Bonfire achieves a consistency of ineptitude rare even in this era of over-inflated cinematic air bags.
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Film4
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June 28, 2013

In this heavy-handed and uneven treatment, De Palma drains Tom Wolfe's original story of its humour, and must shoulder the blame for its failure.
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Seattle Times
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June 28, 2013

If you loved Wolfe's book, you may very well hate the movie. If you simply liked the novel, you may be simultaneously entertained and disappointed by what De Palma and Cristofer have done to it.
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Reel Film Reviews
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May 10, 2016

It's ultimately not difficult to see why The Bonfire of the Vanities was (and still is) regarded as an epic big-budget bomb...
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Orlando Sentinel
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June 28, 2013

If you're interested in a faithful visual adaptation of Wolfe's novel, be assured that this isn't it.
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Philadelphia Daily News
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June 28, 2013

Tom Wolfe's widely read satire becomes a tedious farce, turning one of the year's most anticipated movies into one of the most disappointing.
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Los Angeles Times
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June 28, 2013

Certainly Wolfe's canvas might lend itself to a broad approach, but broad like Dr. Strangelove, not broad like the Three Stooges.
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South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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June 28, 2013

Brian DePalma`s The Bonfire of the Vanities is a perfect example of how a best-selling book can be carefully altered, perceptively pruned and converted into an intriguing motion picture.
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Philadelphia Inquirer
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June 28, 2013

What a mess.
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Chicago Tribune
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June 28, 2013

The film was cast wrong and written shallowly.
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