• Jude
    2 minutes 18 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Jude Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

May 1, 2012


It's good quality stuff, but sublimely miserable.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 1, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 7, 2011
Derek Elley
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 10, 2008
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 19, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Michael Dequina

Superbly acted by all involved.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 11, 2005
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

April 9, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 15, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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

| Original Score: 4/5

August 16, 2003
Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
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Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 27, 2002
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 5, 2002

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

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 27, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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The dark, steel engraving look that cinematographer Eduardo Serra has given Jude endows it with a somber magnificence.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 14, 2001

USA Today
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The problem here isn't grimness but a failure to make grimness wrench the heart.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000

E! Online

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

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C-

January 1, 2000
Lloyd Rose
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw

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

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
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