• PG, 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Joe Wright
  • In Theaters:    Nov 11, 2005 Wide
  • On DVD:    Feb 28, 2006
  • Focus Features

Pride and Prejudice Reviews

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
December 17, 2005

It's a fitfully engaging romance, it's just not Pride and Prejudice.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
December 9, 2005

Keira's cat-smile suggests such supernal all-knowingness that, with Austen's adapted dialogue (via Deborah Moggach) tripping off her tongue, she comes off as an eighteenth-century Maureen Dowd.

Keith Phipps
AV Club
Top Critic
December 6, 2005

Wright wastes no time in squeezing the plot into his just-over-two hours running time, but the film never feels rushed, particularly when so much of it is spent watching and waiting, as the characters come to understand the world they live in.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
Top Critic
November 30, 2005

Dare I say that even Jane Austen herself would have delighted in the final triumph of Ms. Knightley's quick-witted Elizabeth in this film? Yes, I do, and all the highbrow and middlebrow cinephobes of the world be damned.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
November 14, 2005

I just feel like I've seen this so many times.

Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

As historically authentic-looking as Pride & Prejudice is, it has far more invested in emotional authenticity -- you feel engaged every moment.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

Wright's Pride is a boisterous, loud, dance-mad kind of place, full of ruddy-faced peasants, dirt and hay. The whole thing feels like it was art-directed by Bruegel on holiday.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

Like the classic novel itself, the movie brings a certain sadness when the end has come and there is no more to watch.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Edelstein
Slate
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

A joy to behold.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

Pride & Prejudice satisfies as dreamy romance. It's not the razor-sharp satire that Austen can be, but it's lovely entertainment.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

For the uninitiated, I can't imagine a better introduction to this classic.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

This is a playful Pride, cuddly and cute and all lush English pastures, stunning sunsets and regal manor homes.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

The film is faithful to its source material, but not in a rigid, stodgy way. It's the rare adaptation that should please purists and dilettantes alike.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

Listen up, guys, have I got a flick for you: It's all about money, sex and slammin' babes in saucy-wench get-ups, and it goes down in the same country that gave us Led Zeppelin and the Clash.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

This Pride & Prejudice isn't minutely faithful to the book -- and for good reason -- but it is authentic where it counts: to the confused, wounded, eager hearts of its lovers.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

Seeing the splendid new version of Pride & Prejudice can be hazardous to your health: There's a very real danger of swooning.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Booth
Denver Post
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

Knightley is the best thing about this enjoyable adaptation, immediately owning the wardrobe and the words and the weather as if she were born to the manner -- and manor.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

It's all compelling, real and fresh.

| Original Score: 4/4
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

It's really in the second hour that P&P heads off in an unpersuasive melodramatic direction, signalled by a sudden overdose of piano arpeggios.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

Joe Wright, in his feature-length directorial debut, accommodates the genteel gauze without neglecting the well-aimed stings.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
November 11, 2005

The spirit of this version feels fresher and more youthful than previous editions.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

A stellar adaptation, bewitching the viewer completely and incandescently with an exquisite blend of emotion and wit.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

So why, in no less than five miniseries and two official film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, have we yet to encounter a satisfying screen Lizzie?

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

Wright and Moggach open the windows on P&P and let it breathe.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

A joy from start to finish. If this one doesn't inspire a rush on bookstores, nothing will.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

One of the most delightful and heartwarming adaptations made from Austen or anybody else.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

If the filmmaking is somewhat less perfect than in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility, Austen fans will nonetheless delight to see their favorite characters brought to life.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

A sumptuous screen adaptation of Jane Austen's 1813 novel that gathers you up on its white horse and gallops off into the sunset.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

As with so much of this Pride & Prejudice, you wish it would never end.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

Pride & Prejudice is highbrow movie- making, in the finest sense of the term.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

It's an exuberant film adaptation of real personality -- lively, coltish, imaginatively conceived for a fluid camera.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

Of Austen's novels, none is more beloved than this one, so it's good to see it once again brought to the screen with the pride which it deserves.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

If young audiences respond to it at all -- as I am sure they will -- it will be because Wright has brought out the vigor in Austen's romance in a way that the other adaptations I've seen never quite accomplished.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

Knightley brings Austen's book to glorious, pulsating life.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Gene Seymour
Newsday
Top Critic
November 10, 2005

Director Joe Wright, working from a screenplay by Deborah Moggach, has brought both romantic sweep and rich verisimilitude to Austen's story.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rex Reed
New York Observer
Top Critic
November 9, 2005

At a time when we seem to be inundated by one gruesome, depressing movie after another, it's reassuring to see an elegant man's pride and a stubborn woman's prejudice reach the lushly realized assertion that love conquers all.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
November 9, 2005

A movie in which the search for love all but pulses with the excitement of uncertainty.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 8, 2005

Director Joe Wright also coordinates a delightfully cohesive acting ensemble.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker
Top Critic
November 7, 2005

Any resemblance to scenes and characters created by Miss Austen is, of course, entirely coincidental.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
November 3, 2005

Even the most rabid Janeites must allow that director Joe Wright, 33, has given Austen's novel a beguilingly youthful spin without compromising the novel's late-eighteenth-century manners.

| Original Score: 3/4
Derek Elley
Variety
Top Critic
September 12, 2005

Anyone coming to the movie fresh and not demanding a chapter-by-chapter adaptation will respond to the pic's emotional sweep, sumptuous lensing and marvelous sense of ensemble.

Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
September 9, 2005

With the BBC's 1995 miniseries starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle still regarded as the definitive treatment of the book, it will be an uphill struggle to win audiences to what is neither a faithful rendition nor a very interesting new interpretation.