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Jude (1996)

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67

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 4

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74

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 6,691

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In 19th century Britain, a unconventional young man struggles against the limitations of a rigid, restrictive society. Based on Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, this somber period drama stars a suitably intense Christopher Eccleston as Jude, a young man with dreams of receiving a scholarly university education. Circumstances conspire against him, however, forcing him into a job as a stonemason and an unsatisfactory marriage. He remains true to his dream, however, and years later, after his

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Drama, Romance

Hossein Amini

May 14, 2002

USA Home Entertainment

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (7) | DVD (4)

It's worth seeing Jude, a stark adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, just for the extraordinary performance of Christopher Eccleston as Jude Fawley.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Young English actress Kate Winslet adds luster and energy to Jude, a bold and generally successful attempt to adapt Thomas Hardy's final novel, Jude the Obscure, to the bigscreen.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether.

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The dark, steel engraving look that cinematographer Eduardo Serra has given Jude endows it with a somber magnificence.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The film has its period down cold, but what makes it special is its nerve, about which the best you can say is that it matches Hardy's own.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's good quality stuff, but sublimely miserable.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Superbly acted by all involved.

September 11, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Jude isn't a movie to see as entertainment, but is a strong contemplation on man's struggle to overcome oppressive odds.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Sometimes outstanding but is a not always satisfying screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's last novel.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Among the very best, frankest, and most honest of recent literary adaptations.

August 16, 2003
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Harrowing and compelling screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel set in 19th century England

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Faithfully adapted from Thomas Hardy's novel, Jude (minus the Obscure)...It's also a difficult film to like because it is, simply put, a downer.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

...as modern British historical films go, this is visually one of the most impressive.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Jude is an affecting tragedy because, like all great tragedies, it involves believable, sympathetic characters. Winterbottom's film version benefits immensely from its extremely talented cast of actors.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Jude should hobble through the art houses and become obscure itself.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Jude is certainly effective film-making, but it could have been more affecting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Jude

A good Thomas Hardy adaptation, needless to say, don't expect a happy ending. This film is quite hard going but very good!
September 29, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Dry and a rather borefest, worth watching only for Kate Winslet's naked body.
September 13, 2009
stormyweather980

Super Reviewer

Only because of Kate Winslet do I round this up to four stars. One of the strongest actors working in film today, she is radiantly beautiful, even in this overpoweringly sad adaptation of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. This viewer felt as though this were the Cliff Notes version of Hardy's weighty tome. So much of this seemed glossed over, with Jude's (Christopher Eccleston) seduction by, marriage to, and separation from Arabella (Rachel Griffith) taking place in the first ten minutes. The whole film came off that way. Maybe this suffers from comparison to the last film this viewer watched (and reviewed) which chose an entirely different approach to a long novel and achieved a brilliant result. The defining tragedy here nearly broke this viewer's heart, but was telegraphed long before the actual events unfolded. Whether this was the fault of the filmmakers or is inherent to the novel is irrelevant. One wonders why this film had to be made. Still, it was nice to see both Rachel Griffith and Kate Winslet, even if the film was less than satisfactory.
September 3, 2010
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

meh. It was really sad. the film felt squashed together and I felt that they made things difficult for themselves. It is very hard for me to believe that it would be this hard to be together.
November 18, 2008
Doctor0Quinzel

Super Reviewer

    1. Jude Fawley: We are man and wife, if ever two people were on this earth.
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