Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. 38
    It’s never more than a theme park that isn’t worth the price of admission.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 22, 2013
    37
    The movie has an Austen-like plot about an Austen obsessive. And while Hess laboriously checks off so many familiar scenarios...the film doesn’t have so much of what makes Austen transcendent.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 15, 2013
    30
    Advancing without a single original idea or surprising moment, Austenland seems torn between poking fun at the British and lampooning Austen’s many American fanatics — a riskier enterprise, considering that they’ll be needed to fill theater seats.
  4. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Sep 19, 2013
    25
    Somewhere in literary afterlife, dear reader, Jane Austen has just rolled over and reached for her musket.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 29, 2013
    25
    Hess has made a classic rookie director mistake: Any spoof has to be at least as smart as the thing it’s spoofing, and this one’s twice as dumb.
  6. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 14, 2013
    25
    In Austenland, her directorial debut, Hess adapts a 2007 beach book into another broad comedy of caricature. It’s a truly half-assed satire, one whose senseless sensibility seems less informed by the best of English literature than the worst of Saturday Night Live.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 16, 2013
    20
    The missed opportunities in Austenland are more numerous than dowry-less sourpusses at a ball in a Jane Austen novel.
  8. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Aug 31, 2013
    10
    So lazy is the characterization, so hamstrung the plot, and so chronically broad the overacting that the main interest lies in deciding which to block first, your eyes or your ears. [2 Sept. 2013, p.81]
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Apr 5, 2015
    3
    This movie is just not for me, the humor is okay and the imagery is beautiful and silly. Keri Russell is an obsessed Jane Austen who goes toThis movie is just not for me, the humor is okay and the imagery is beautiful and silly. Keri Russell is an obsessed Jane Austen who goes to this "Austen world". Sorry this film isn't meant for me, the humor stupid, the cast is good and it looks beautiful. Grade C- Full Review »
  2. May 3, 2014
    7
    Based on a novel of the same name which is directed by the first timer. It was not a time traveler fantasy drama like 'Midnight in Paris', butBased on a novel of the same name which is directed by the first timer. It was not a time traveler fantasy drama like 'Midnight in Paris', but it exhibits the lifestyle and cultural difference between two different centuries.

    According to the story the past was brought to the present by restoring with detailed customs that forgotten where modern people can enjoy the true experience. I don't know whether it happens in reality, but good as in a movie.

    A simple idea is good for a novel to write, as a movie, it did not fall back a much which chronicles a middle aged American woman who is obsessed with Jane Austen novels. She travels to Jane Austen theme park in England, looking for a life changing experience with full of romance. Would she get what she was looking is the movie progresses with the intense story till the end.

    Well made movie that a bit different than usual concept. Kinda enjoyed it mainly because of the main role that played by Keri Russell. She was the true fan of 'Pride and Prejudice' story and how her latest visit to Austenland transforms her back to the reality was shown in quite a nice approach. Not a rocket science, easy to predict the scenes. The point is the place where movie sets in and variety of roles with the delightful atmosphere captured throughout helps us to stick.
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  3. Jan 21, 2014
    9
    Yes, you should be familiar with Jane Austen works. But what you really need to appreciate in this hilarious movie is an appreciation forYes, you should be familiar with Jane Austen works. But what you really need to appreciate in this hilarious movie is an appreciation for deliberately bad acting. In a world where everyone attempts to 'perform' Austen's refined world, the results are awkward, goofy and slaptstick-- hilarious. The novels of Austen's time are labyrinths of subtlety: the tension in the theme park is between modern, real-world directness and our idea of what that refined subtlety was like. Especially hilarious are the lady guests' attempts to entertain themselves without modern distractions like movies and the internet: needlepoint and novel-reading take on new meaning. Keri Russell's character spends the entire movie attempting to navigate this space between the real and the performed, to the point where it becomes impossible to discern what is real, and what is Austenland. Completely hilarious and not to be missed, especially for Austen fans. Full Review »