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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Cold Comfort Farm may be hysterically funny to regular readers of Hardy, Lawrence, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, but it won't ring many bells for the rest of us. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Who, though, would assume rambunctious humor would be served up as well? Dickens meets the Beverly Hillbillies, and the movie is handsome, too. [10 May 1996, p.4D] show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    This tart but fluffy paean to good sense and clean linen is a bracing reminder that the reason the English think they're so clever is that they are -- some of them, at any rate. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie, based on the famous comic novel by Stella Gibbons, is dour, eccentric and very funny, and depends on the British gift for treating madness as good common sense. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    In the attempt to rein in a cast playing a great assortment of exaggerated types, Schlesinger (who directed "Midnight Cowboy" and "Marathon Man" ) and Bradbury sometimes lose the tone of the movie. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    There's nothing deep or meaningful to be unearthed in this feel-good comedy, but it nevertheless makes for solid entertainment. show more

  • 78
    Austin Chronicle

    Together the cast, the director, and the screenwriter work to make the characters off-centered but realistic, with plenty of room for warmth. show more

  • 100
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Around town, Stephen Fry ("Peter's Friends"), as a fluty artiste, dogs Flora with his devotion and declares, "I'm engorgedly in love with you!" That's how I feel about this gem. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    John Schlesinger's rollicking version of Stella Gibbons's novel is acted with the highest of spirits by Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Eileen Atkins, Ian McKellen, Freddie Jones, and many others. show more

  • 100
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    It's been brought to the screen by director John Schlesinger and writer Malcolm Bradbury with such deftness, giving it a life of its own, that it's not necessary for audiences to be familiar with the literature it satirizes. show more

  • March 27, 2014 mtnmanjames123
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    Unbelievably terrible..Beckinsale has to be one of the worst actresses I have ever witnessed..It is like she has to work at acting when it should be comfortable. Very poor quality actress.

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