Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  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. Intelligence and beauty -- and teasing romance -- shape Mansfield Park into a gorgeous, enchanting experience.
  3. A thoughtful, engaging film.
  4. A love story more involved than I can easily explain.
  5. Why should we keep seeing Austen fresh, through our own, modern eyes? Because she's a writer who has never really left our field of vision. And, as this new Mansfield Park proves again, she never will.
  6. Loses much of the book's complexity but gains dramatic power from a cleverly streamlined screenplay... and several persuasive performances. No previous movie has made Austen's vision seem so vivid and alive for contemporary times.
  7. O'Connor plays Fanny with an appealingly direct, unflinching gaze.
  8. What's on the screen may not be a letter-perfect Mansfield Park, but something true to its spirit.
  9. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    Not since Demi Moore lived happily ever after in "The Scarlet Letter" has a filmmaker felt so free to fudge a famous plot.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    An engaging bit of entertainment.
  11. A confusing jumble of historical drama and modern social essay that only serves to cloud the whole field of Jane Austen studies.
  12. Reviewed by: Sarah Raskin
    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.
  13. The Australian actress Frances O'Connor is a true find. She's as beautiful as the young Barbara Hershey, with a stare that's pensive yet playful, and she puts us in touch with the quiet battle of emotions in Fanny.
  14. Piquant, playful, and, in many ways, just as appealing as blockbusters such as "Pride and Prejudice."
  15. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Rozema's handling of the entangled amours and social gamesmanship at Mansfield Park is delightful and the open-minded moviegoer will have a hard time resisting this stylish and stirring movie.
  16. Ms. Rozema has made a film whose satiric bite is sharper than that of the usual high-toned romantic costume drama.
  17. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Well acted, and it achieves a strong, smart, engaging life of its own.
  18. It isn't Austen, but it's delicious fun.
  19. 70
    O'Connor as Fanny is irresistibly appealing.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Quick and funny, and a refreshing break from period-film stuffiness.
  21. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Although Mansfield Park is an enjoyable film, you can't help but wish that it were as brave, feisty and unconventional as it keeps telling us its heroine is.
  22. It's an interesting take, and it always holds our interest, but it's finally too ham-fisted to be a completely winning one.
  23. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    There's something more than a little perverse about taking one of the most timid, self-effacing heroines in English literature and turning her into a paragon of modern free-spirited womanhood.
  24. Reviewed by: Justine Elias
    In trying so hard to entertain, ends up sabotaging itself.
  25. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    But there's little sense of a longer dramatic arc stretching across the characters: Rozema can't seem to hold a single tone for more than a few minutes, and she has too many other axes to grind besides just getting the story up on the screen.
  26. 62
    "Run mad whenever you choose, but do not faint," Austen wrote in her early journals. Despite its brazen politics, Mansfield Park never goes giddily amok as promised.
  27. 75
    The latest and loosest -- in the saucy sense of the word as well -- adaptation of (Austen's) sly comedies of uppercrust manners.
  28. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Stylish and arrives at a satisfying cumulative weight, even if it isn't Austen pure.
  29. Rozema seems determined to defrill the Austen trend and charge it with a fiercer sort of femininity.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 16, 2014
    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'reIf 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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    Nov 20, 2005