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Metascore

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100
It's an exuberant, well- crafted film that gets the audience involved on a gut level even before the opening credits are over.
100
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.
100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter, it is a feast formed by skill and serendipity.
88
USA Today
Thompson has had the good sense and sensitivity to get Austen right, while letting Winslet steal the show.
88
Chicago Tribune
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]
88
ReelViews
A wonderful motion picture, even given the weaknesses of the source material.
83
Entertainment Weekly
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.
75
Christian Science Monitor
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.
70
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.
70
But even Grant's uninspired work can't ruin the agreeable, overwhelming atmosphere of fun and romance.
63
Chicago Sun-Times
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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