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  • Summary: Rozema's progressive interpretation of Jane Austen's novel finds Fanny Price (O'Connor) as a poor relation who at the age of 12 is "rescued" to begin a life in Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband. Fanny's beauty and bold intelligence become apparent as she attracts suitors and becomes troubled by the class system and the fact that slavery was the source of much of the family's wealth. Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
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  1. 100
    This is an uncommonly intelligent film, smart and amusing too, and anyone who thinks it is not faithful to Austen doesn't know the author but only her plots.
  2. Reviewed by: Sarah Raskin
    90
    The only fault I found was a lengthy build to the story's political climax (there's a subplot about slavery), after which the film quickly seams up its unravelings and ends.
  3. A love story more involved than I can easily explain.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Stylish and arrives at a satisfying cumulative weight, even if it isn't Austen pure.
  5. O'Connor plays Fanny with an appealingly direct, unflinching gaze.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    70
    Quick and funny, and a refreshing break from period-film stuffiness.
  7. A confusing jumble of historical drama and modern social essay that only serves to cloud the whole field of Jane Austen studies.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Nov 20, 2005
    10
    Wonderful!
  2. Feb 16, 2014
    5
    If you're expecting Coronation Street in a period setting, you'll love love love this movie. In that context, it's a fine film. If you're looking for Austen's real Fanny Price, approach with an open mind, as the essence of Fanny, that most complex of Austen's women characters, is missing here. It may be that no actress alive has the skill to portray Fanny's quiet power. In any case, no such actress was required by this screenplay.

    As regards the subplot of Britain's colonial history, it's ironic that the West Indies storyline is overplayed in this film, even as its period setting unwittingly references Britain's role in the East Indies, with items such as Lady Bertram's opium addiction, intermittent cries from peacocks, the ladies' gowns of Indian cotton fabrics, plumed turbans and hats, and Kashmir shawls. At the time the book was written, most of Britain's foreign-remitted wealth came British-controlled trade in the Indian subcontinent, including the British-initiated Punjab-China opium trade.
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