Sense and Sensibility

Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter, it is a feast formed by skill and serendipity.
  2. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    [It presents] us with a vast range of richly developed, gorgeously played characters ... and mov[es] them gracefully through time and a lot of very pretty spaces without ever losing its conviction, its concentration or our bedazzled attention. [18 Dec 1995]
  3. It's an exuberant, well- crafted film that gets the audience involved on a gut level even before the opening credits are over.
  4. Unlike so many other movies of literary provenance, it is clear from the start that this one is going to be entertainment, not homework. Lee serves up this sweetmeat without fuss, without the super-seriousness of filmmakers awed by their literary material.
  5. 90
    This rapturous romance is not only laugh-out-loud funny but demonstrates how little humankind has evolved in matters of the heart.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Crucially for such an elaborately dressed production, the characters all come thoroughly alive with their ready wits and pulsing emotions, overcoming the two-century gap with seeming effortlessness.
  7. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    90
    Grandly entertaining...matches the Austen-based "Clueless" for sheer run. [13 Dec 1995]
  8. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Bruce Reed
    90
    Funny, expansive, and a delight to spend company with.
  9. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    90
    As writer and actress, Thompson has all the right Austen rhythms and filmmaker Ang Lee ("Eat Drink Man Woman") orchestrates with sensitivity and style.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Thompson has had the good sense and sensitivity to get Austen right, while letting Winslet steal the show.
  11. 88
    A wonderful motion picture, even given the weaknesses of the source material.
  12. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    88
    Thompson clearly loves this story, and, even though, she's playing the less spontaneous of the older Dashwood sisters, responsible Elinor, you can feel her spirit rising out to embrace the part. It makes her beautiful to watch. [13 December 1995]
  13. 83
    Ang Lee's film of the Jane Austen novel slavishly follows the gospel according to Merchant Ivory, swooning over characters declaiming modestly while surrounded by topiary.
  14. Lee, who made the upbeat "Eat Drink Man Woman," plays this double love story as brightly as possible. There's peppy social satire in the smallest of gestures.
  15. An absorbing, delightful, and nuanced movie with laugh-out-loud humor, and though it often plays events broadly where you might have preferred subtlety, it's not a movie that could have settled for muffled silence.
  16. Jane Austen's deeply ironic novel loses some of its bite but little of its beauty in Emma Thompson's screen adaptation, which is fetchingly photographed and capably acted by Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant, among others.
  17. For once, Thompson turns in a gimmick-free performance, and the rest of the actors range from fine to fabulous. But the whole thing feels stolid and uninspired.
  18. Part of the problem is that Taiwan-born Lee, though he does a more-than-credible job of directing, isn't sharp on the nuances of British behavior.
  19. 70
    But even Grant's uninspired work can't ruin the agreeable, overwhelming atmosphere of fun and romance.
  20. I can't say I remembered this 1995 feature too clearly a couple of days later; but I certainly had a good time as I watched it.
  21. 63
    An enjoyable film, and yet it left me somehow unsatisfied...there is too much contrivance in the way [Austen] dispatches her men to London when she is done with them.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jun 30, 2016
    9
    Brilliant film. Sense and Sensibility is romantic, funny, and fantastically crafted. Flush to the brim with phenomenal acting turns, EmmaBrilliant film. Sense and Sensibility is romantic, funny, and fantastically crafted. Flush to the brim with phenomenal acting turns, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, and Alan Rickman, all stand out the most with absolutely delightful performances in this film. Additionally, the writing is great with well crafted, multi-dimensional characters across the board. The production and costume design here are also pitch perfect, as well as the 18th century medicinal techniques shown in the film. All really capture the period and help to put you into the film even more. In this tale of love and class, Sense and Sensibility does a great job creating realistic romances that really do break your heart when they fail and make you smile when they work. This is ultimately its great success: its authenticity. Overall, Sense and Sensibility is one of the best adaptations of Jane Austen's work. Full Review »
  2. Apr 30, 2016
    8
    Sense and Sensibility is what this movie has got to keep up the logical sensibility to save the movie from not making any sense. See this ifSense and Sensibility is what this movie has got to keep up the logical sensibility to save the movie from not making any sense. See this if you have both sense and sensibility. Full Review »
  3. Jun 15, 2013
    10
    One of my favorite movies of all time. Great writing, perfect acting, just a gorgeous movie. It gets better every time you watch it. Col.One of my favorite movies of all time. Great writing, perfect acting, just a gorgeous movie. It gets better every time you watch it. Col. Brandon is the epitome of chivalry, wisdom and romance. Who knew Severis Snape could be so romantic? (LOL) Full Review »