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.

Sense and Sensibility Videos & Photos

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Emma Thompson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 1, 1998
Columbia Pictures


as Elinor Dashwood

as Marianne Dashwood

as Edward Ferrars

as Col. Brandon

as John Dashwood

as Fanny Dashwood

as Mrs. Dashwood

as Mrs. Jennings

as Margaret Dashwood

as John Willoughby

as Margaret Dashwood

as Lucy Steele

as Sir John Middleton

as Charlotte Palmer

as Mr. Palmer

as Robert Ferrars

as Mr. Dashwood

as Miss Grey

as Doctor Harris

as Mrs. Bunting

as Maid to Mrs. Jenning...
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Sense and Sensibility

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Sense and Sensibility

All Critics (54) | 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

Sense and Sensibility is an enjoyable film, and yet it left me somehow unsatisfied.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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

Sense and Sensibility Quotes

– Submitted by Kevin P (3 years ago)
– Submitted by Mary Kathryn P (3 years ago)
– Submitted by Alice C (3 years ago)
– Submitted by trang d (4 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Sense and Sensibility on our Movie forum!