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Sense and Sensibility (1995)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 1

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


Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

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


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Emma Thompson

Jan 1, 1998

Columbia Pictures

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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.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Thompson and Winslet give fine performances ably supported by the rest of the ensemble.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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We need no further proof that this material is ageless.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Sense and Sensibility is an enjoyable film, and yet it left me somehow unsatisfied.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (7)
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A lush and witty telling of Jane Austen's novel.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A stylish, witty and substantial adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

For once, Thompson turns in a gimmick-free performance, and the rest of the actors range from fine to fabulous.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A little funny, a bit sad, an all-around entertaining.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Unlike most of the usual rolling hills, costume period drama, Merchant-Ivory type, century-old novel movies, Sense and Sensibility succeeds quite handily.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A little funny, a bit sad, and all-around entertaining.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source:

Though old-fashioned, this version of Austen's popular book is most enjoyable due to Ang Lee's skillfull helming, Emma Thompson's astute screenplay, which deservedly won the Oscar, and excellent ensemble headed by Thompson and Kate Winslet.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Enduring love, heartbreak, undying passion and bitter betrayal. What more could you ask from Jane Austen, and for that matter, from a film?

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Seeing a world that seems kinder, gentler, nobler and simpler to our own can have its own theraputic value.

April 3, 2003 Full Review

A host of fine performances support the great screenplay, photography and editing of the film.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Sense and Sensibility is a triumph, and a film to be treasured.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Enchanting screen interpretation of Jane Austen's first novel.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

This is a film devoid of egotism but full of soul, an intelligent work of art that is not afraid to get wacky at times.

April 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Critics Inc./America Online
Critics Inc./America Online

[Sense and Sensibility is]...the first film of Jane Austen that I can remember having enjoyed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

I don't want to see another movie for the rest of the year. To do so would be to spoil the joy I experienced in seeing Sense and Sensibility.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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.
July 21, 2013

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.
June 6, 2011

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.
May 17, 2011
Mike S

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    1. Marianne Dashwood: Do you compare your conduct with his? No. I compare it with what it ought to have been; I compare it with yours.
    – Submitted by Kevin P (2 years ago)
    1. Marianne Dashwood: Fanny wishes to know where the key to the silver cabinet is kept.
    2. Elinor Dashwood: Betsy has it I think. What does Fanny want with the silver?
    3. Marianne Dashwood: One can only presume she wants to count it! What are you doing?
    4. Marianne Dashwood: Presents for the servants. Have you seen Margaret by the way? I'm worried about her, she's taking to hiding in the oddest places.
    5. Marianne Dashwood: Fortunate girl. At least she can escape Fanny, which is more than any of us is able.
    6. Elinor Dashwood: You do your best. You've not said a word to her for a week.
    7. Marianne Dashwood: I have. I've said, 'Yes' and 'No'.
    – Submitted by Mary Kathryn P (2 years ago)
    1. Marianne Dashwood: Willoughby!
    – Submitted by Alice C (2 years ago)
    1. Colonel Brandon: Give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood, or I shall run mad.
    – Submitted by trang d (3 years ago)
    1. Elinor Dashwood: What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I've had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations again and again whilst knowing myself to be divided from Edward forever. Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you.
    – Submitted by Mauricio R (3 years ago)
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