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Sense and Sensibility Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 5.0
    84

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Ty Burr

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    A wonderful motion picture, even given the weaknesses of the source material.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Thompson has had the good sense and sensitivity to get Austen right, while letting Winslet steal the show.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    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]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

A lush and witty telling of Jane Austen's novel.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing really objectionable for younger kids in this movie, but the plot is too sophisticated for them to follow, and features some emotional intensity. Characters drink wine at dinner and at social occasions; during one dinner, an older couple drinks wine and acts intoxicated as they giggle and gossip and make jokes at the expense of one of the characters. There are also tame discussions of characters who leave town when their lovers become pregnant. In one scene, a female dog is referred to as "bitch."

  • Families can talk about why "costume dramas," such as this one, are popular. Did you enjoy seeing how people once lived, dressed, and interacted? Do you think all people living in Georgian England enjoyed such clothes, balls, servants, and wealth? Why aren't more films about the far more numerous common people of the time? This may also be a good time for parents to introduce Austen's books to their tweens and teens.
  • What do you see as being the challenges in adapting a Jane Austen novel into film?
  • How are the values of the time conveyed in this movie, and how are they similar to and different from contemporary values, in terms of love, money, and family?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The importance of family is shown through example, as three sisters face numerous crises of the heart. Discretion is shown to be more favorable than gossip, as the evils of gossip are shown through the behavior of some of the characters.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: For the most part, Elinor maintains a great deal of discretion and reserve in the face of financial and emotional difficulties troubling both her and her sisters.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not applicable

  • sex false1

    Sex: Tame discussions of characters who leave town when their lovers become pregnant. Intense discussions of poetic love, exemplified in Shakespeare's sonnets and in the intensity of Marianne.

  • language false1

    Language: In one scene, a female dog is referred to as "bitch."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink wine at dinner and at social occasions; during one dinner, an older couple drinks wine and acts intoxicated as they giggle and gossip and make jokes at the expense of one of the characters.

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