Mansfield Park Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
Mansfield Park is not boring, exactly...Unfortunately, the middle, while remaining upbeat, never amounts to anything substantial.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 14, 2001
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 | Original Score: C
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
This Mansfield Park becomes a kind of romanticized gloss -- an imaginative grad-student thesis that melds author and character.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 1, 2000
Mansfield Park is a perfectly good adaptation, but it's trite.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cornell & Petricelli
CinemaSense.Com
January 1, 2000
Stifled and tedious adaptation of an Austen classic strips the heroine of her usual power of perception and tongue.
J. Serpico
PopMatters
January 1, 2000
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.
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Justine Elias
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Rozema's movie ... in trying so hard to entertain, ends up sabotaging itself.
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
The snappy banter has lost its bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andy Seiler
USA Today
January 1, 2000
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
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Derek Elley
Variety
January 1, 2000
Too often steps out of its era to adopt a knowing, politically correct, late-20th-century attitude to the society portrayed.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Despite its brazen politics, Mansfield Park never goes giddily amok as promised.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
A witty, entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A fine addition to the filmed Austen canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
Bodices may not be ripped, but they are certainly loosened in this very liberal adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 25, 2010
Wonderful book adaptation with strong female character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Ted Murphy
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Andy Richards
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
It's smart, heady stuff that only fails at times because it's perhaps too ambitious for its own good...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007

Irish Times
January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

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June 18, 2012
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