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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This Oscar-nominated costume drama is based on a 19th century Jane Austen novel and contains a little bit of everything ranging from comedy to romance to drama. Like most Austen stories, this one concerns the trials and tribulations of England's upper classes. Set in the late 18th century, the plot chronicles the exploits of the three Dashwood daughters and their mother. Their plight begins when Mrs. Dashwood's husband dies and leaves his fabulous estate to his eldest son from his first marriage, John who immediately takes over and leaves his stepmother and half-sisters only 500 pounds year on which to survive. Fortunately, sensible Elinor, the oldest, smartest, and least likely to marry sister is there to maintain a balance and to insure that her sisters remain on the straight and narrow. Free-spirited, teenage Marianne is interested in romance and fun while 11-year-old tomboy Margaret is most happy hanging out by herself in trees. A kindly cousin finds them a tiny cottage. Just before moving in, they meet the shy, handsome Edward, the brother of Fanny, John's snooty wife. Edward falls in love with Elinor. Unfortunately, before he can propose, Fanny sends him to London. Meanwhile the women begin attending the social gatherings of Sir John Middleton and Mrs. Jennings, his mother-in-law. Later, Marianne is courted by the wealthy but dour Col. Brandon. Unfortunately for him, she falls in love with the exciting John Wiloughby after he saves her life. A mystery arises when Brandon and then Wiloughby are suddenly dispatched to London with no explanation.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

It is hard to believe anybody gets happily married in 19th century England with all the rules and customs. Jane Austen writes interesting books, and the actors in this adaptation are very convincing.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


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

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