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
  1. 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.
  2. 90
    This rapturous romance is not only laugh-out-loud funny but demonstrates how little humankind has evolved in matters of the heart.
  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. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    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. Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter, it is a feast formed by skill and serendipity.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Thompson has had the good sense and sensitivity to get Austen right, while letting Winslet steal the show.
  7. 88
    A wonderful motion picture, even given the weaknesses of the source material.
  8. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    As writer and actress, Thompson has all the right Austen rhythms and filmmaker Ang Lee ("Eat Drink Man Woman") orchestrates with sensitivity and style.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  10. 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]
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    [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]
  12. Reviewed by: Bruce Reed
    Funny, expansive, and a delight to spend company with.
  13. Grandly entertaining...matches the Austen-based "Clueless" for sheer run. [13 Dec 1995]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jun 15, 2013
    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 »
  2. Jun 24, 2011
    Really cool movie! Emma Thompson is incredible. Good adaptation of this masterpiece of Jane Austen. In my opinion, much better than Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley's version). Full Review »
  3. JennaT.
    Dec 11, 2007
    This movie was well acted out. Some parts make you horribly mad and yelling at the TV like when Willoughby left but other than that it was good.