Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. A thoughtful, engaging film.
  2. A love story more involved than I can easily explain.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Piquant, playful, and, in many ways, just as appealing as blockbusters such as "Pride and Prejudice."
  7. Intelligence and beauty -- and teasing romance -- shape Mansfield Park into a gorgeous, enchanting experience.
  8. 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.
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