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Austenland (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 73

Despite an intriguing premise and fine performances from a talented cast, Austenland succumbs to outworn romcom cliches and slapstick gags.

23

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 23

Despite an intriguing premise and fine performances from a talented cast, Austenland succumbs to outworn romcom cliches and slapstick gags.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Twilight author Stephanie Meyer makes her first foray into film producing with this romantic comedy about a 30-something woman whose lifelong obsession with all things Jane Austen lead her to an eccentric theme park based on the author's writings, and into the company of a handsome young suitor. For as long as she can remember, Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) has treasured the writings of the author behind such literary classics as Emma, and Pride & Prejudice. For years, Jane had been stashing away

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Jerusha Hess, Shannon Hale

Feb 11, 2014

$2.2M

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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (73)

The acting throughout falls into two registers; pantomime mugging for most of the cast, while the romantic leads, Russell and Feild, look so ill at ease that you pity them.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Austenland is modest fun but needs to show it has a brain under its sun bonnet.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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"Austenland" understands Austen's enduring romantic appeal but has no use for her deeper themes of class, wealth and gender inequality.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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It's tentative in its intentions and afraid to push all the way with its premise. It is not sharp enough as a comedy, and when it tries to shift gears and become a romance, it is unconvincing in its machinations.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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A mildly surprising and completely heartwarming ending casts a glow over the previous 96 minutes of "Austenland" but can't wipe out all regrets for what might have been.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Everything rings false, and the spectacle of bad actors pretending to be bad actors may trouble your sleep for some time.

September 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Although...mostly a nice, light, little trifle, it's ultimately half a soufflé at best-one that never quite rises to the occasion.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

an interesting diversion that holds a lot of promise at first, is pleasant but generally underdelivers throughout, and then almost redeems itself with a last-minute twist that almost makes sense considering the movie's core weakness.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

Austenland is a pretty film to look at, but underneath its look, there's just not much there.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Rom-com fanatics and Austen aficionados may find gems in Austenland, but others will see this as a film with little sense or sensibility.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Based on the 2007 book by Shannon Hale, all the ingredients for a deft, sly, sleight-of-hand comedy are there. But the film is all over the place. The tone is off, the timing is off, the cutting is off. And it's just not funny.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

This is just a desperate attempt to hook in gullible fans hoping for a little Darcy-inflected romantic swooning.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Austenland is bound to become the guilty pleasure of the spring.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Not only is it silly and twee, but it tries to present a "realistic" look at love that's just as corny as the romance it's making fun of.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It's generally lacking the wit and charm that Austen herself likely would have brought to the same material.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

What might have made a five-minute skit becomes an extended exercise in taking a joke for a walk round a country house before allowing it to crap on the terrace and then stamping it to death on the manicured lawn.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Countless romantic comedies have looked to the novels of Jane Austen for inspiration, but you'd be hard pressed to find one so at odds with the author's spirit than the coarse, slapdash and painfully witless Austenland.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

This pantomime farce is in good, hearty spirits ... it knowingly pokes fun at itself ... simply enjoy the outrageous buffoonery.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

The enduring appeal of Jane Austen's England is explored in this uneven but often hilarious romp - a comedy, for once, aimed squarely at a female audience.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Simply by smiling, [Russell] robs one of the will to live.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Enough to make you burn all your Jane Austen.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

You would be well advised to give a wide berth to this largely useless adaptation of a book by Shannon Hale.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Not remotely believable, it plays like a TV comedy sketch painfully over-extended.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Austenland, allow me to tell you how ardently I loathe and despise you.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

So actively inept and so horribly precarious that it becomes curiously engrossing, like watching a monkey spin some plates or a blindfolded dog attempting to ride a unicycle.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Austenland has some nice ideas and a handful of amusing moments, but the direction and editing are poor, the acting is dodgy in places and the underdeveloped script fails to push any of the right buttons.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Austenland

This one was a peculiar film. I sort of liked the premise but then most of the film was actually ridiculous. Even Keri Russell rolls her eyes several times. But the problem was it was so absurd that it actually made me laugh out loud. So I'm not at all sure if I was just laughing at a really bad film. You have been warned.
January 15, 2014
Raajay

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Keri Russell stars in the satirical comedy Austenland. The story follows a young woman obsessed with the works of Jane Austen, who takes a vacation to a cottage retreat where she gets to live out a Jane Austen style adventure. Russell gives a great performance and has good chemistry with her co-stars. Additionally, Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymour make for a strong supporting cast. Still, the writing is a little weak and the plot doesn't always seem like it knows where it's going. But, despite its ups and downs Austenland is fun and entertaining.
March 4, 2014
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

I saw the low ratings on RT regarding this British-American romantic comedy directed by Jerusha Hess and based on Shannon Hale's novel of the same name, and I have to say that I disagree with such low ratings. First thing is that acting was superb, and Keri Russell as a single thirty-something obsessed with Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice, who travels to a British resort called Austenland, in which the Austen era is recreated, was amazing. The same could be said for the co-stars JJ Feild, Jane Seymour, Bret McKenzie, and Jennifer Coolidge!

The story of Jane Hayes was unique, and the Jane Austen-themed resort in England, Austenland was something which I never seen before in any movie. Dialogues were full with clichés, that's true, but everything was done well! The details were amazing... the guests at Austenland choose to be called by an imaginary name, must dress in period costume and conduct themselves like ladies without modern conveniences (though the plumbing was modern). Activities include needlepoint, riding, reading, shooting and entertaining the other guests through musical performances or theatrics. At the conclusion of each guest's stay a ball is held with a romance guaranteed.

Directing was as good as you can get it in a romantic comedy like this... and you hear this from a guy who is very choosy when romantic comedies are in question. This one was very clever one which finds new ways to exploit the Mr. Darcy archetype! To the max! Moving into the director's chair after co-scripting Napoleon Dynamite and its two follow-ups with husband Jared, Jerusha Hess leaves most of the ostentatious quirks behind. (The theme park's strange menagerie of taxidermied animals is the strongest echo of those weird films.) She managed to get just the right notes from Russell ... and everything seemed easy ... Jerusha Hess gets her romance just grounded enough to handle the comic extremes supplied by the supporting cast.

The weakest point was the music... but only for people who left before the credits run out! There was an unexpected and delightful musical romp played during the final credits which in this review is worth 10%! I loved it. Check this one out... I found it very watchable and even enjoyable!
February 6, 2014
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    1. Miss Elizabeth Charming: I knew this place would be magical! They even got us a car from the 1800s!
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 days ago)
    1. Mrs. Wattlesbrook: I'm single, because, apparently the only good men are fictional.
    – Submitted by Claire w (4 months ago)
    1. Mrs. Wattlesbrook: Do you enjoy dancing?
    2. Henry Nobley: Not particularly.
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    1. Henry Nobley: Well, obviously she is a ninja.
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    1. Henry Nobley: Any father would be delighted to have a ninja as a daughter.
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    1. Miss Elizabeth Charming: What the H?
    – Submitted by Danni H (11 months ago)
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