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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 54
  2. Negative: 2 out of 54
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  1. Jun 24, 2011
    8
    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).
  2. 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. Brandon is the epitome of chivalry, wisdom and romance. Who knew Severis Snape could be so romantic? (LOL)
  3. EmW.
    Feb 2, 2006
    10
    Lovely film! Laughed at the "F Major" scene when Mrs Jennings and her friend were having a giggle at the expense of Elinor Dashwood! Overall though it is a great film with superb acting. Ang Lee is a brilliant director as well.
  4. BlancoA.
    Aug 24, 2002
    10
    I definitely enjoyed this one. I think the complaints about Lee's directing (or his ability direct this subject matter) are entirely unfounded and unwarranted. Emma Thompson does an incredible acting job, and Alan Rickman is excellent as usual.
  5. YoonC.
    Sep 15, 2003
    8
    Fine and professional adaptation of literary classic. Still, more efficient than effective as drama and more respectable than resplendant as art. First rate but very safe and conservative filmmaking.
  6. PatC.
    Jan 15, 2004
    7
    It's the usual plethora of worldly concerns out at the Manor. Who's going to get the property? Who's sleeping with whose uncle? Is it too early for tea? Who's job security depends on the tea arriving on schedule? What ensues is formal banter with the propriety and finesse of fencing. An apparently idle tongue suddenly draws blood. An imminent spinster envies the dog It's the usual plethora of worldly concerns out at the Manor. Who's going to get the property? Who's sleeping with whose uncle? Is it too early for tea? Who's job security depends on the tea arriving on schedule? What ensues is formal banter with the propriety and finesse of fencing. An apparently idle tongue suddenly draws blood. An imminent spinster envies the dog chained and forgotten behind the stable because the dog, not repressed by the burden of good manners, is at least allowed to bark. Anyway, the characters are self-important. No need to be sidetracked with the frivolity of their lives. Just start in by following the dialogue and interplay of facial expressions. If you appreciate good acting for actings' sake, and can allow that such scripting may exist simply to facilitate such, you will like this show. It's really good that way. Very fine. There's similar-themed movies also characterized by good acting. This one's better. It's that good. Got it? You may actually wind up caring for these characters, though in your relative circumstances you live in squalor. Watch out for that Emma Thompson. She's crafty. She'll blindside you with some sudden mannerism, you get sucked in, & next thing you know you've burned dinner. When the smoke clears you'll see that even the priviledged and inconsequential need forgiveness. Expand
  7. ArtemisiaE.
    Nov 7, 2005
    10
    Excellent love story, Jane Austen's style of ironic writing shines through. Kudos to Ang Lee and Emma Thompson!
  8. JohnM.
    Dec 20, 2005
    9
    This is an amazing movie, true to its traditional source yet very inviting and appealing to modern audiences. The performances are uniformly excellent, Emma Thompson deserved that Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar and the direction is fluid, unfussy and very insightful. The movie looks beautiful, too. Kate Winslet is superb in her somewhat flashier role, and this movie really made me This is an amazing movie, true to its traditional source yet very inviting and appealing to modern audiences. The performances are uniformly excellent, Emma Thompson deserved that Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar and the direction is fluid, unfussy and very insightful. The movie looks beautiful, too. Kate Winslet is superb in her somewhat flashier role, and this movie really made me appreciate Alan Rickman. I can come back to this movie again and again. What a joy. Expand
  9. JennaT.
    Dec 11, 2007
    9
    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.
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
  1. 90
    This rapturous romance is not only laugh-out-loud funny but demonstrates how little humankind has evolved in matters of the heart.
  2. Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter, it is a feast formed by skill and serendipity.
  3. 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]