The Jane Austen Book Club Reviews

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Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique
March 10, 2009
...not a genre film but...deserves mention for portraying a character who is a fan of science-fiction but is not characterized as a hopeless geek...
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 27, 2008
A surprisingly successful, un-Hallmark-ified take on the traditional chick flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 16, 2008
Austen wrote six novels and The Jane Austen Book Club is about six people who meet to discuss them over the course of six months. 666. Coincidence? I think not.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
The Jane Austen Book Club is both a testament to Austen's continued relevance and a fine example of classroom particulars converted into entertaining banter without losing any oomph.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 20, 2008
If you're prepared to sit through a lot of mediocrity in search of a few worthwhile moments and a couple of actors who rise above the material, then you might be satisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 24, 2008
Breaking up, jealousies, match making and a bid for second chances are the themes of this vibrant and uplifting film that explores life, love and desire.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 16, 2008
Charming, funny and romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Turner
thelondonpaper
November 16, 2007
These ladies have too much time on their hands if the only thing they worry about is finishing their reading assignment in time for their next bout of well-heeled lusting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
November 16, 2007
The contrivance is horrible, the schmaltz unpardonable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Sun Online
November 16, 2007
THIS beautifully acted story is, underneath it all, a fairly formulaic chick flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
November 16, 2007
Positively marinated in oestrogen, this is aimed at middle-aged females - the more unhappily married the better - with the cardiganed cast spending much of the running time drinking tea on verandas and moaning about men over their knitting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 16, 2007
The Jane Austen Book Club, based on Karen Joy Fowler's bestseller, offers a distinctive vision of hell - a plane of being where there are only six novels that matter, and they're consulted like all-purpose agony aunts.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 15, 2007
This is a rom-com that tries to be sassy and true but ends up ridiculously unlike any kind of reality at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 15, 2007
A twittering soap opera about five Californian women using Jane as an agony aunt for their love problems.
November 15, 2007
Comfortable if unchallenging, watching this gentle, female-oriented film is a bit like curling up in bed with a book whose ending you already know. No alarms and no surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
November 15, 2007
The women are so seemingly at ease in their roles that the movie drifts towards its happy-ever-after finale without a missed beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 15, 2007
Average romantic drama that stays watchable thanks to its excellent cast, though it's neither as emotionally engaging nor as clever as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
November 14, 2007
Quite a nice little relationship comedy-drama, but essentially for an audience of what the French charmingly call 'women of a certain age'. Totally not the Superbad set, then.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
November 14, 2007
A drippy chick-flick about six Sacramentans who find their lives mirroring the English novelist's fictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Anna Smith
Time Out
November 14, 2007
Just fine in a sentimental, mainstream kind of way. Although by constantly referencing Austen's sharp wit and characterisation, this can only ever come up short in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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