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The Jane Austen Book Club Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 5, 2007
...light as a robin's skull, The Jane Austen Book Club is a precision-crafted, designer-tasteful technology for delivering comfort. Breezy and pretty, it flatters all who would bathe in its dancing light. You have to like it, even if you think Austen is t
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
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James Berardinelli
September 18, 2007
The Jane Austen Book Club is an example of how a movie can follow the general plot of a book yet fail to capture the spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 20, 2007
Drearily formulaic.
Edward Douglas
September 19, 2007
Half of me hoped it would end with someone saying, 'Maybe we shouldn't form a Jane Austen Book Club after all' ... That would have been a much better happy ending.
| Original Score: 6/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 5, 2007
...a Hollywood-glossy, featherbrained chick flick...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beth Accomando
October 6, 2007
The film lacks the thing that Austen does so well in her books: the ability to examine a small social clique with a sharply observant eye, a clear ironic wit and an insider's full knowledge of how this social unit works.
Geoff Berkshire
October 10, 2007
What a frustrating waste of a talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 15, 2007
A twittering soap opera about five Californian women using Jane as an agony aunt for their love problems.
November 15, 2007
Comfortable if unchallenging, watching this gentle, female-oriented film is a bit like curling up in bed with a book whose ending you already know. No alarms and no surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Beer
Time Out
October 6, 2007
The real disappointment is the paint-by-numbers flatness of the contemporary stories and characters; it's hard to care much about Sylvia and Prudie with Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Woodhouse hovering in the wings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 16, 2007
The contrivance is horrible, the schmaltz unpardonable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 20, 2007
There's the germ of an interesting idea here, plus a terrific ensemble cast, but it's reduced down to a predictable story, simplistic script and only adequate direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 22, 2007
...formulaic beach-read of a movie populated by one-dimensional cliches...may have seemed merely subpar had it been released by a major, but bearing the usually so reliable Sony Pictures Classics label makes it loathsome.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Gene Seymour
September 20, 2007
Surely you must know you're still better off reading Austen on your own.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 21, 2007
As a friend said on the way out: At least no books were harmed in the making of this movie. And he's right. But that's only because no one really tried.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
September 16, 2007
The Jane Austen Book Club is pitched as The First Wives Club for coffeehouse intellectuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean O'Connell
October 4, 2007
You need neither a deep appreciation for author Jane Austen nor an understanding of her six novels to recognize that The Jane Austen Book Club stinks.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 16, 2007
The Jane Austen Book Club, based on Karen Joy Fowler's bestseller, offers a distinctive vision of hell - a plane of being where there are only six novels that matter, and they're consulted like all-purpose agony aunts.
Timothy Knight
September 21, 2007
Engaging but overly glossy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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