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Mansfield Park Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Mansfield Park is not boring, exactly...Unfortunately, the middle, while remaining upbeat, never amounts to anything substantial.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
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
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This Mansfield Park becomes a kind of romanticized gloss -- an imaginative grad-student thesis that melds author and character.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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
Cornell & Petricelli
CinemaSense.Com

Stifled and tedious adaptation of an Austen classic strips the heroine of her usual power of perception and tongue.

Full Review Source: CinemaSense.Com

January 1, 2000
J. Serpico
PopMatters

Rozema's previous films...contain an almost magical-realism, with their vivid colors and strong focus on female sexuality. She attempts to work a similar magic here, but Mansfield Park's narrative and erotic currents are much more prosaic.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

January 1, 2000
Justine Elias
Village Voice
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Rozema's movie ... in trying so hard to entertain, ends up sabotaging itself.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com

The snappy banter has lost its bite.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Andy Seiler
USA Today
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Even if you have never read Austen, you will sense that something is wrong here long before a nude scene that would have made the author hide under a table.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Mansfield Park...is a confusing jumble of historical drama and modern social essay that only serves to cloud the whole field of Jane Austen studies.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Derek Elley
Variety
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Too often steps out of its era to adopt a knowing, politically correct, late-20th-century attitude to the society portrayed.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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Despite its brazen politics, Mansfield Park never goes giddily amok as promised.

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Though it's never dull, this Mansfield Park has too much of its own agenda and too little of Austen's to completely succeed.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2002
Roger Ebert
At the Movies
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A witty, entertaining film.

Full Review Source: At the Movies | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A fine addition to the filmed Austen canon.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Bodices may not be ripped, but they are certainly loosened in this very liberal adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Wonderful book adaptation with strong female character.

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

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Ted Murphy
Hollywood.com
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Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
Andy Richards
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's smart, heady stuff that only fails at times because it's perhaps too ambitious for its own good...

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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April 27, 2007

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January 1, 2000

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March 24, 2002

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