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Sense and Sensibility Review

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  • 5.0

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  • 63

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

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

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  • 88

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    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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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 objectionable for younger kids in this movie, but the plot is too sophisticated for them to follow, and features some emotional intensity.

  • 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 teens.

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