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.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's good quality stuff, but sublimely miserable.
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.
| Original Score: B
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.
Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether.
Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving.
Superbly acted by all involved.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jude isn't a movie to see as entertainment, but is a strong contemplation on man's struggle to overcome oppressive odds.
Sometimes outstanding but is a not always satisfying screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's last novel.
Among the very best, frankest, and most honest of recent literary adaptations.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Harrowing and compelling screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel set in 19th century England
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
...as modern British historical films go, this is visually one of the most impressive.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
The dark, steel engraving look that cinematographer Eduardo Serra has given Jude endows it with a somber magnificence.
| Original Score: 5/5
The problem here isn't grimness but a failure to make grimness wrench the heart.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jude should hobble through the art houses and become obscure itself.
| Original Score: C-
Watching the wan Christopher Eccleston as Jude and Kate Winslet as his cousin and lover Sue Bridehead, an audience might well wonder what all the fuss was about.
Jude is certainly effective film-making, but it could have been more affecting.
| Original Score: 6/10