Sense and Sensibility (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sense and Sensibility (1995)



Critic Consensus: Sense and Sensibility is an uncommonly deft, very funny Jane Austen adaptation, marked by Emma Thompson's finely tuned performance.

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The recipient of seven Oscar (R) nominations, this film version of Jane Austen's classic 1811 novel stars Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood. With her mother and sisters, Elinor struggles financially after the death of her father, who bequeathed the Dashwood estate to his oafish son by an earlier marriage. While sorting out the family's affairs, the shy, self-sacrificing Elinor secretly falls for her stepbrother-in-law, Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant), a sensitive, well-educated bachelor who cannot court her because of his foolhardy youthful engagement to the greedy Lucy Steele (Imogen Stubbs). The grateful Dashwoods are offered a modest country home by family friends, which they accept. Once relocated, Elinor's brash, spirited sister Marianne (Kate Winslet) falls for a dashing local, John Willoughby (Greg Wise), a womanizer who nevertheless seems to share her affections. A prominent neighbor, Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman), also falls in love with Marianne, but she is oblivious to the older man's affections. Eventually, Willoughby fails Marianne, breaking her heart, until she realizes Brandon's feelings. When Edward's family disowns him, Lucy marries his brother instead, leaving him free to pursue an exultant Elinor. Thompson won the film's sole Oscar (R) for her screenplay adaptation of Austen's novel.more
Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Emma Thompson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 1, 1998
Columbia Pictures


Emma Thompson
as Elinor Dashwood
Kate Winslet
as Marianne Dashwood
Hugh Grant
as Edward Ferrars
Alan Rickman
as Col. Brandon
James Fleet
as John Dashwood
Harriet Walter
as Fanny Dashwood
Gemma Jones
as Mrs. Dashwood
Elizabeth Spriggs
as Mrs. Jennings
Emile Francois
as Margaret Dashwood
Greg Wise
as John Willoughby
Emilie François
as Margaret Dashwood
Imogen Stubbs
as Lucy Steele
Robert Hardy
as Sir John Middleton
Imelda Staunton
as Charlotte Palmer
Hugh Laurie
as Mr. Palmer
Richard Lumsden
as Robert Ferrars
Tom Wilkinson
as Mr. Dashwood
Lone Vidahl
as Miss Grey
Oliver Ford Davies
as Doctor Harris
Eleanor McCready
as Mrs. Bunting
Josephine Gradwell
as Maid to Mrs. Jenning...
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Critic Reviews for Sense and Sensibility

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (17)

Thompson's script manages the neat trick of preserving the necessary niceties and decorum of civilized behavior of the time while still cutting to the dramatic quick.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
Top Critic

I can't say I remembered this 1995 feature too clearly a couple of days later; but I certainly had a good time as I watched it.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Thompson and Winslet give fine performances ably supported by the rest of the ensemble.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

We need no further proof that this material is ageless.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The sensibility may be a bit off, but there is more than enough sense involved in this mid-Atlantic Austen to make up the difference.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The film is packed with pleasing performances by stage-trained actors.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sense and Sensibility


A faithful adaptation, especially in tone, of Austen's enjoyable novel. Even though not a remarkable story, it benefits mostly from great performances by Thompson and Winslet, in a visually enchanting period drama that combines well romance and humor.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This is a beautiful adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, starring a bunch of beautiful and brilliant actors and actresses. Having read the book, I don't think this movie left much out. So, if you're a fan, don't worry, and see this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Ang Lee made this? Talk about being a jack of all genres. I mean, it's certainly not every director who can make the jump from this to such a completely dissimiliar movie as Hulk, and yet maintain a good overall quality. Anyway, a certain friend of mine here on Flixter (you know who you are lol) will probably give me the evil eye for saying this, but I must admit that I've never read a single novel by Jane Austen, so this was all very new to me. Lee's directing is pretty solid and as were most other elements of the film, but unfortunately the story was way too chick-flickish for my taste. There wasn't a whole lot going on and I can't say I was much on all the uptight formalities in the dialogue and acting. Being a period piece though I suppose it comes with the territory. All in all, a fairly good movie with some nice performances by its radiant cast. I was just hoping it would be a bit more than an average drama.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

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