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Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park (1999)

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56

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 8

Solid performances, bold direction.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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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

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Patricia Rozema, Jane Austen

Jul 11, 2000

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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (16) | DVD (7)

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.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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This Mansfield Park becomes a kind of romanticized gloss -- an imaginative grad-student thesis that melds author and character.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A witty, entertaining film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park continues Jane Austen's winning streak on film.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Spins the most interesting modern re-interpretation of the Austen canon.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Wonderful book adaptation with strong female character.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Mansfield Park works because it not only comes from the novel...but also from Austen's letters and journals.

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

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.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...busy nothings add up to motion picture somethings in one of the year's most charming films.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Despite such occasional flaws...Mansfield Park is a welcome treat for Austen addicts.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

A powerful portrait of a determined young woman's quest to remain true to the vastness of her spirit and soul.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

An uneven but ultimately stirring adaptation from Canadian director Patricia Rozema.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

Rozema's thoughtful pacing and deliberately modern spin on the tale keep the rot from setting in.

April 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

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.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Enough of Austen's witty depiction of British society is preserved to keep the viewer pleasantly occupied.

January 1, 2000
One Guy's Opinion

Rozema is good with actors, and in her hands O'Connor gives us a Fanny who is self-assured without being a feminist caricature.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Rozema's dry wit, effervescent dialogue and contemporary reinterpretations are often a refreshing change from the swoony, soft-peddling style of other Austen adaptations.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

Mansfield Park is a perfectly good adaptation, but it's trite.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Audience Reviews for Mansfield Park

Someone who knows Jane Austen's life and has also an experience of her books or the movies based on them ,can realise one thing for sure , that her novels are also based on her own life ,somehow . But this movie has more realistic elements of her season .Also has more action than other scripts and that makes it believable and attractive. Of course the most attractive is Edmund ( Jonny Lee Miller)lol.
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Maybe the best Jane Austen's adaptation ever made!
January 10, 2011
MrsInsomnia

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Great Jane Austen screen adaptation.
January 9, 2008
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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kind of boring but watchable.
May 30, 2007
jennifxu

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    1. Sir Thomas Bertram: What do you distrust?
    2. Fanny Price: His nature, sir. Like many charming people, he conceals an almost absolute dependence on the appreciation of others.
    3. Sir Thomas Bertram: And what is the terrible ill in that?
    4. Fanny Price: His sole interest is in being loved, sir, not in loving.
    – Submitted by Chad E (19 months ago)
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