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Pride and Prejudice (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Sure, it's another adaptation of cinema's fave Jane Austen novel, but key performances and a modern filmmaking sensibility make this familiar period piece fresh and enjoyable.

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Jane Austen's perennially popular story of the game of love among the British upper classes returns to the screen in this polished film adaptation. The Bennets (Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland) are the parents of five daughters near the close of the 18th century. Comfortable within their means but well short of rich, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are looking for suitable husbands for their girls, and they are encouraged to learn that an eligible young bachelor from a wealthy family, Charles Bingley (Simon Woods), has moved into a nearby estate. Eager to see if a match can be made, the Bennets bring their daughters Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Jane (Rosamund Pike) to a ball thrown by their new neighbor to see if sparks will fly. Jane seems to like Charles, and he appears to feel the same, but Elizabeth takes an immediate dislike to Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), Charles' egocentric best friend. While Elizabeth is infatuated with military man Lt. Wickham (Rupert Friend) and finds herself courted by William Collins (Tom Hollander), a well-meaning but drab man of the cloth, fate causes Elizabeth and Darcy to frequently cross paths, and while they don't care for one another, they can't stop thinking about each other, either. Pride & Prejudice also stars Jena Malone, Judi Dench, and Penelope Wilton. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Keira Knightley
as Elizabeth Bennet
Brenda Blethyn
as Mrs. Bennet
Talulah Riley
as Mary Bennet
Rosamund Pike
as Jane Bennet
Jena Malone
as Lydia Bennet
Carey Mulligan
as Kitty Bennet
Tom Hollander
as Mr. Collins
Simon Woods
as Mr. Bingley
Judi Dench
as Lady Catherine de Bourg
Peter Wight
as Mr. Gardiner
Rupert Friend
as Lt. Wickham
Kelly Reilly
as Caroline Bingley
Penelope Wilton
as Mrs. Gardiner
Jay Simpson
as Meryton Milliner
Sylvester Morand
as Sir William Lucas
Tamzin Merchant
as Georgiana Darcy
Claudie Blakley
as Charlotte Lucas
Roy Holder
as Mr. Hill
Cornelius Booth
as Col. Fitzwilliam
Janet Whiteside
as Mrs. Hill
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Critic Reviews for Pride and Prejudice

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (42)

It's a fitfully engaging romance, it's just not Pride and Prejudice.

Full Review… | December 17, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Keira's cat-smile suggests such supernal all-knowingness that, with Austen's adapted dialogue (via Deborah Moggach) tripping off her tongue, she comes off as an eighteenth-century Maureen Dowd.

December 9, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Wright wastes no time in squeezing the plot into his just-over-two hours running time, but the film never feels rushed, particularly when so much of it is spent watching and waiting, as the characters come to understand the world they live in.

December 6, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Dare I say that even Jane Austen herself would have delighted in the final triumph of Ms. Knightley's quick-witted Elizabeth in this film? Yes, I do, and all the highbrow and middlebrow cinephobes of the world be damned.

Full Review… | November 30, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

I just feel like I've seen this so many times.

November 14, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
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As historically authentic-looking as Pride & Prejudice is, it has far more invested in emotional authenticity -- you feel engaged every moment.

Full Review… | November 11, 2005
Salon.com
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Audience Reviews for Pride and Prejudice

½

Decent, but really not my type of movie. I would totally hate to live in that era, I can't believe women go all silly over it. I just felt cross the whole time watching the women married off and treated like cattle. Not my idea of a romantic film! As to the cast, the highlight here is Keira. She is fantastic as Lizzie. The actor playing Darcy, I agree with a previous reviewer - he looks constipated. Carey Milligan doesn't have a lot to do here but giggle. Jenna Malone I couldn't even recognize. The parents I found tiresome. The movie itself looks great and there are some nice shots here. I am very mixed on this movie. I didn't like the message a whole lot - particularly the 15 year old sister. However, I realize different times. At least Lizzie was a little older and spirited. I guess I am still thinking about it a day later, so it must work in some level...

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

This film really took me by surprise, not by how good it was, but by how much I liked it. This excellent film completely took me in and I absolutely loved it.

There's really not much to say about this one. The story is great, and brilliantly adapted from the famous Jane Austen novel. The cinematography is excellent, as are the props, costumes, etc...you are truly transported into the era. The music is good; the writing is good; the cast is good...everything about this film is good.

Special mention must go to Keira Knightley Oscar nominated performance. It really was that good! She's an actress that I highly respect and enjoy despite the skeptics that accuse her of not being that great of an actress. But her performance here is proof of her talents. I loved her in this film!

Pride & Prejudice is an excellent film! A must see!

Jameson Worley
Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

Pride and Prejudice is one fo the most ineteresting films I have ever seen. The plot was beautiful and interesting. The cats was amazing and Keira Knightely was great. The production was one fo the best parts, it all looked so real, so much detail was put in, I loved it. This movie was tremendous, one of those films you should watch with your wife because you can keep her happy while watching a romance movie that is amazing.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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