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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 1, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: PBS's Masterpiece Theatre concludes its Jane Austen series with a new BBC adaptation of the Dashwood sisters' views of love and marriage.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    This two-part production expands and opens the story without diminishing the charm or appeal of Austen's original or pushing it past her socially constrained boundaries.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    90
    It lacks the star power (Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet) of Ang Lee's 1995 Oscar winner. But Austen's characters are so enduring and endearing in their virtues, vanities and passionate follies that they don't require movie stars to bring them to life.
  3. This Sense and Sensibility is truer not only to Austen's narrative, it more successfully captures the quiet precision of her singular mind--she was the master of finding poetry in domestic detail, and for that, the small screen is much better suited than the large.
  4. Reviewed by: Laurence Vittes
    80
    The production is handsome in the dreamy BBC style, and writer Andrew Davies has done his usual efficient distillation job, including adding a few imaginative touches involving galloping horses and nubile young bodies that would have surprised Austen.
  5. Reviewed by: Jim Heinrich
    70
    The movie--as Jane Austen might have described it--is an amiable entertainment.
  6. 70
    This well-intentioned Sense gets the job done.
  7. Nothing shameful here, but nothing either to prize it above Ang Lee’s marvelous 1995 version. This new Sense is, in fact, somewhat of a drag.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2