Sense and Sensibility (1995)



Critic Consensus: Sense and Sensibility is an uncommonly deft, very funny Jane Austen adaptation, marked by Emma Thompson's finely tuned performance.

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In this costume drama, based on the novel by Jane Austen, Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are left with almost nothing after Mr. Dashwood's death. They move into a cottage and sensible eldest daughter Elinor attempts to keep things running smoothly, in spite of her free-spirited sister's efforts to the contrary.
PG (adult situations)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Columbia Pictures


Emma Thompson
as Elinor Dashwood
Kate Winslet
as Marianne Dashwood
Hugh Grant
as Edward Ferrars
Alan Rickman
as Col. Brandon
James Fleet
as John Dashwood
Harriet Walter
as Fanny Dashwood
Gemma Jones
as Mrs. Dashwood
Elizabeth Spriggs
as Mrs. Jennings
Emile Francois
as Margaret Dashwood
Greg Wise
as John Willoughby
Emilie François
as Margaret Dashwood
Imogen Stubbs
as Lucy Steele
Robert Hardy
as Sir John Middleton
Imelda Staunton
as Charlotte Palmer
Hugh Laurie
as Mr. Palmer
Richard Lumsden
as Robert Ferrars
Tom Wilkinson
as Mr. Dashwood
Lone Vidahl
as Miss Grey
Ian Brimble
as Thomas
Oliver Ford Davies
as Doctor Harris
Eleanor McCready
as Mrs. Bunting
Josephine Gradwell
as Maid to Mrs. Jennings
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Critic Reviews for Sense and Sensibility

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (17)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Thompson's script manages the neat trick of preserving the necessary niceties and decorum of civilized behavior of the time while still cutting to the dramatic quick.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
Top Critic

I can't say I remembered this 1995 feature too clearly a couple of days later; but I certainly had a good time as I watched it.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Thompson and Winslet give fine performances ably supported by the rest of the ensemble.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

We need no further proof that this material is ageless.

May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sense and Sensibility

It is hard to believe anybody gets happily married in 19th century England with all the rules and customs. Jane Austen writes interesting books, and the actors in this adaptation are very convincing.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


A faithful adaptation, especially in tone, of Austen's enjoyable novel. Even though not a remarkable story, it benefits mostly from great performances by Thompson and Winslet, in a visually enchanting period drama that combines well romance and humor.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This is a beautiful adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, starring a bunch of beautiful and brilliant actors and actresses. Having read the book, I don't think this movie left much out. So, if you're a fan, don't worry, and see this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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