Critics Consensus

Well-acted and absorbing, Persuasion offers a loose Jane Austen adaptation that captures the essence of the author's timeless appeal.



Total Count: 28


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This theatrically released BBC television movie is loosely based on the final novel of Jane Austen. It is set in 1814 when the British navy fleet is returned from fighting the Napoleonic wars. A deeply indebted nobleman, Sir Walter Elliot is forced to lease his estate to Admiral Croft. Among Croft's many friends is the dashing Captain Wentworth who happens to be looking for a suitable wife. Seven years earlier he had been engaged to Elliot's daughter, but on the advice of Lady Russell, he broke it off. Despite that, when he again meets the daughter, it is obvious that she still loves him and the romance gradually picks up where it left off, and the wounds between the two are slowly healed.

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Amanda Root
as Anne Elliot
Ciarán Hinds
as Capt. Wentworth
Sophie Thompson
as Mary Musgrove
Corin Redgrave
as Sir Walter Elliot
Felicity Dean
as Mrs. Clay
Susan Fleetwood
as Lady Russell
Samuel West
as Mr. Elliot
Phoebe Nicholls
as Elizabeth Elliot
Fiona Shaw
as Mrs. Croft
Emma Roberts
as Louisa Musgrove
John Woodvine
as Admiral Croft
Judy Cornwell
as Mrs. Musgrove
Simon Russell Beale
as Charles Musgrove
Roger Hammond
as Mr. Musgrove
Victoria Hamilton
as Henrietta Musgrove
Robert Glenister
as Captain Harville
Richard McCabe
as Captain Benwick
Jane Wood
as Nurse Rooke
David Collings
as Mr. Shepherd
Darlene Johnson
as Lady Dalrymple
Cinnamon Faye
as Miss Carteret
Isaac Maxwell-Hunt
as Henry Havter
Roger Llewellyn
as Sir Henry Willoughby
Sally George
as Mrs. Harville
David Acton
as Naval Officer
Justin Avoth
as Naval Officer
Roger Watkins
as Landlord
David Plummer
as Apothecary
Bill McGuirk
as Tradesman
Niall Refoy
as Tradesman
Ken Shorter
as Lady Dalrymple's Butler
Tom Rigby
as Little Charles
Alex Wilman
as Little Walter
Rosa Mannion
as Concert Opera Singer
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Critic Reviews for Persuasion

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Audience Reviews for Persuasion

  • Sep 08, 2009
    Despite all of the positive reviews, I found this really slow moving and not as enjoyable as most of the other Jane Austen adaptations.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2008
    File this under films-that-deserve-better-reviews-than-I'm-giving them. I liked it, but I just couldn't get behind it. Persuasion is a mature Jane Austen film, more subdued and grown-up than Pride and Prejudice. The camera work is decidedly unstuffy at certain points. Also refreashing: Amanda Root in the main role. Unlike the conventionally pretty Gwenyth Paltrow and Keira Knightly, she a woman of modest looks (which is actually better for the source material). Austen heroines are never knockouts; they're clever feminists who don't quite belong in their surroundings. But more to the point, Amanda Root carries the film with the sorrow of her eyes, alone. She's perfection.
    Joey N Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2007
    this movie affirms why i love jane austen so much. every little piece of information is an exceptionally juicy piece of gossip. marriage proposals are quickly offered and accepted/rejected. one can dwell on a rejection for many years and never get over it. because the time periods restricts and frowns upon blatant displays of affection, feelings of love must be identified with subtle nuances, such as a look, a word, or a letter. this movie is exceedingly romantic and i lived vicariously through anne. i felt the little heartaches she went through as wentworth callously ignored her. i felt the little jolt of shock as she discovered mr. elliot's true intentions. and my heart caught in my throat as she read the all-revealing letter from wentworth. this movie is a beautiful work of art that both pokes fun at the pretensions of nobility and also contains one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful love stories of all time. (my one complaint: all the characters are not very attractive. i thought mr. elliot was the only decently goodlooking person in the entire movie. anne's sisters were also quite pretty, but i quite disliked them so they don't matter.)
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2007
    The romance in this film could never be equaled. Anne and Wentworth are characters that are not to be forgotten in this amazing adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer

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