Mansfield Park (1999)
Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 68
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 16
Solid performances, bold direction.
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 8
Solid performances, bold direction.
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 21,505
Freely adapted from a novel by Jane Austen, this period drama is set in the early 1800s, as a girl named Fanny (Hannah Taylor Gordon) is being raised by loving but desperately poor parents. Wanting a better life for Fanny, they send her away to live with her aunts, high-minded Mrs. Norris (Sheila Gish) and drug-addicted Lady Bertram (Lindsay Duncan), who share an estate called Mansfield Park. Fanny joins the family at Mansfield Park, which includes Lady Bertram's husband Sir Thomas (Harold
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While this version plays somewhat fast and loose with the original story, and even more so with the heroine's character, it is still much more Jane Austen than not.
This Mansfield Park becomes a kind of romanticized gloss -- an imaginative grad-student thesis that melds author and character.
Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park continues Jane Austen's winning streak on film.
Spins the most interesting modern re-interpretation of the Austen canon.
Mansfield Park works because it not only comes from the novel...but also from Austen's letters and journals.
While Mansfield Park doesn't boast the high calibre Hollywood star wattage and gloss of Sense and Sensibility, it offers a more thought-provoking viewpoint.
...busy nothings add up to motion picture somethings in one of the year's most charming films.
Despite such occasional flaws...Mansfield Park is a welcome treat for Austen addicts.
A powerful portrait of a determined young woman's quest to remain true to the vastness of her spirit and soul.
An uneven but ultimately stirring adaptation from Canadian director Patricia Rozema.
Rozema's thoughtful pacing and deliberately modern spin on the tale keep the rot from setting in.
This is merely another attempt at making a high-class art film that can't come close to the spirit of the literary book it is based on.
While die-hard fans of Austen's works might not like the contemporary spin that Rozema has put on this latest adaption, most every other fan of period costume dramas will probably find it to their liking.
This is perhaps not Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, but Jane Austen would have probably recognized most of it and would have been amused by the rest.
In this provocative, revisionist adaptation of Jane Austen's third novel, Canadian writer-director Patricia Rozema gives her 19th century heroine, Fanny Price, much of Austen's own confidant, creative personality.
This incarnation of Fanny may not have been what Austen had in mind, but she surely would have approved, for the injection of attitude and smarts makes Mansfield Park a much more wicked and irresistible social satire...
With its gorgeous cinematography...lovely muted score, and sure-footed performances, especially by Frances O'Connor, Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park sets a new standard for adaptations of Jane Austen's work.
Enough of Austen's witty depiction of British society is preserved to keep the viewer pleasantly occupied.
Rozema is good with actors, and in her hands O'Connor gives us a Fanny who is self-assured without being a feminist caricature.
Rozema's dry wit, effervescent dialogue and contemporary reinterpretations are often a refreshing change from the swoony, soft-peddling style of other Austen adaptations.
Audience Reviews for Mansfield Park
- Sir Thomas Bertram: What do you distrust?
- Fanny Price: His nature, sir. Like many charming people, he conceals an almost absolute dependence on the appreciation of others.
- Sir Thomas Bertram: And what is the terrible ill in that?
- Fanny Price: His sole interest is in being loved, sir, not in loving.
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