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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's an exuberant, well- crafted film that gets the audience involved on a gut level even before the opening credits are over. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Thompson has had the good sense and sensitivity to get Austen right, while letting Winslet steal the show. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Examiner

    Unlike so many other movies of literary provenance, it is clear from the start that this one is going to be entertainment, not homework. Lee serves up this sweetmeat without fuss, without the super-seriousness of filmmakers awed by their literary material. show more

  • 100
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter, it is a feast formed by skill and serendipity. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Thompson clearly loves this story, and, even though, she's playing the less spontaneous of the older Dashwood sisters, responsible Elinor, you can feel her spirit rising out to embrace the part. It makes her beautiful to watch. [13 December 1995] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A wonderful motion picture, even given the weaknesses of the source material. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Jane Austen's deeply ironic novel loses some of its bite but little of its beauty in Emma Thompson's screen adaptation, which is fetchingly photographed and capably acted by Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant, among others. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An enjoyable film, and yet it left me somehow unsatisfied...there is too much contrivance in the way [Austen] dispatches her men to London when she is done with them. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    For once, Thompson turns in a gimmick-free performance, and the rest of the actors range from fine to fabulous. But the whole thing feels stolid and uninspired. show more

  • 70
    Michael Dequina Film Threat

    But even Grant's uninspired work can't ruin the agreeable, overwhelming atmosphere of fun and romance. show more

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