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  • Summary: Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters, Elinor, Marianne and teen-age tomboy Margaret, are cruelly deprived of their home and inheritance on the death of their father. The law decrees that magnificent Norland Park must pass to his son by a previous marriage, the girls' stepbrother John, who is partnered in life by the genteely grasping Fanny. The impoverished Dashwoods are saved from further humiliation by Mrs. Dashwood's cousin, Sir John Middleton. He offers them a new home, Barton Cottage, on his vast Devonshire estate. Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
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  1. It's an exuberant, well- crafted film that gets the audience involved on a gut level even before the opening credits are over.
  2. Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter, it is a feast formed by skill and serendipity.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Reed
    90
    Funny, expansive, and a delight to spend company with.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Thompson has had the good sense and sensitivity to get Austen right, while letting Winslet steal the show.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  1. 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) Expand
  2. 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). Collapse

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