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Mansfield Park Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Wonderful book adaptation with strong female character.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 25, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

July 21, 2005
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

April 9, 2005
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

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

| Original Score: 4/4

May 14, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/5

October 15, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 4, 2002
Stephen Farber

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

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 9, 2002
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

April 28, 2001
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

February 14, 2001
Jim Judy
Screen It!

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.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
Susan Granger

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina

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...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
David N. Butterworth

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Enough of Austen's witty depiction of British society is preserved to keep the viewer pleasantly occupied.

| Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner

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

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder

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

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Spins the most interesting modern re-interpretation of the Austen canon.

January 1, 2000
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

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

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
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