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Pride & Prejudice Review Critics


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… giddy with mushy love feelings. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This Pride & Prejudice is a stellar adaptation, bewitching the viewer completely and incandescently with an exquisite blend of emotion and wit.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Keira Knightley, in a witty, vibrant, altogether superb performance, plays Lizzie's sparky, questing nature as a matter of the deepest personal sacrifice.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is well cast from top to bottom; like many British films, it benefits from the genius of its supporting players.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Turns Jane Austen's nimble satire into a lumbering gothic romance.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Still, the cynosure of all eyes is honest, articulate Elizabeth, her own woman in an era when women belonged to men, and at the same time full of love. Lizzie is the best, and Keira Knightley does right by her.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Gorgeous Jane Austen adaptation has timeless appeal.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie includes discussions of marriage for money. Set in 19th century England, it offers a mostly gentle, sometimes incisive critique of class and gender systems. Characters drink at a party, make mild sexual allusions, and argue with one another concerning money and romance.

  • Families can talk about Elizabeth's rebelliousness: How does she worry her mother but also inspire her father's loyalty? How do the parents handle their disagreement about Elizabeth's choices?
  • What do you see as the challenges in adapting a classic novel into a movie?
  • As a movie set in the early 19th century, how are attitudes concerning love, gender roles, and economic class shown throughout the film?
  • Compare the movie to the book. How does this Elizabeth compare to the one you imagined?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Through Elizabeth's example, the importance following your heart instead of following financial concerns when it comes to marriage is shown.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Elizabeth Bennet is a headstrong woman who knows what she wants and what she does not want in her life, and despite the restrictions placed upon her in a male-dominated society, is willing to do what it takes to make her dreams come true, no matter what anyone in her family or elsewhere have to say about it.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not applicable

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some clever verbal references to sexual desire. Some rain-soaked declarations of sexual tension and then desire. During a sermon, a minister makes a slip of the tongue regarding the word "intercourse."

  • language false1

    Language: One use of "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking at parties, but no one acts intoxicated.