Mansfield Park

User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16

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  1. V.Nuwen
    May 27, 2002
    4
    Read the original, much more entertaining, witty and comical. The movie is an insult to Jane Austen, and if she were alive to day, would be devastated. The adaptation is mostly different from what actually happens in Mansfield Park. This one would be better labelled: $ex, Lies, and Sketchbooks.
  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, noIf 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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  3. KateS.
    Sep 6, 2002
    10
    I absolutely feel in love with this movie. I feel as though I have an emotional attachment to it. The plot is ingenious and the way the movie was made was terrific. There was not a single dull moment of the film. I highly, highly recommend it.
  4. KeelyP.
    May 5, 2002
    9
    This was a wonderfully romantic movie about what women have to go through. Frances O'Connor did a divine job and made me want to go see it again and again
  5. BlancoA.
    Jan 22, 2001
    7
    A very strong lead character (Frances O'Connor), and Johnny Lee Miller was surprisingly effective.
  6. [Anonymous]
    Nov 20, 2005
    10
    Wonderful!
  7. Jun 3, 2016
    7
    Even as lesser fare when it comes to Jane Austen adaptations, Mansfield Park still provides moments of ravishing beauty and an expertly written film that wraps you up in its romantic endeavors. Frances O'Connor is good in the lead role in this blend of comedy and drama from director Patricia Rozema. The cinematography, costume design, production design, and makeup, however, are all theEven as lesser fare when it comes to Jane Austen adaptations, Mansfield Park still provides moments of ravishing beauty and an expertly written film that wraps you up in its romantic endeavors. Frances O'Connor is good in the lead role in this blend of comedy and drama from director Patricia Rozema. The cinematography, costume design, production design, and makeup, however, are all the heroes of this film and help to create a rapturously beautiful film. That said, the pacing can be off at times and the film is nowhere near as endearing as other, better, Austen adaptations. Fortunately, the sheer beauty of the film can offset this for much of the film, even if it never achieves as much as one would have hoped. Expand
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Intelligence and beauty -- and teasing romance -- shape Mansfield Park into a gorgeous, enchanting experience.
  2. It's an interesting take, and it always holds our interest, but it's finally too ham-fisted to be a completely winning one.
  3. 50
    In trying so hard to entertain, ends up sabotaging itself.