Austenland (2013)

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


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive content and innuendo)
Genre: Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jerusha Hess , Shannon Hale
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2014
Box Office: $2.2M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

Cast


as Jane Hayes

as Henry Nobley

as Miss Elizabeth Charm...

as Lady Amelia Heartwri...

as Mrs. Wattlesbrook

as Mr. Wattlesbrook

as Col. Andrews

as Captain George East
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Critic Reviews for Austenland

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (30)

Although...mostly a nice, light, little trifle, it's ultimately half a soufflé at best-one that never quite rises to the occasion.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Scene-Stealers.com

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
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.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013

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

Full Review… | December 17, 2013

Audience Reviews for Austenland

½

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.

Raajay
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

½

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!

PantaOz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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