Critic Consensus: Despite an intriguing premise and fine performances from a talented cast, Austenland succumbs to outworn romcom cliches and slapstick gags.
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Critic Reviews for Austenland
The acting throughout falls into two registers; pantomime mugging for most of the cast, while the romantic leads, Russell and Feild, look so ill at ease that you pity them.
Austenland is modest fun but needs to show it has a brain under its sun bonnet.
"Austenland" understands Austen's enduring romantic appeal but has no use for her deeper themes of class, wealth and gender inequality.
It's tentative in its intentions and afraid to push all the way with its premise. It is not sharp enough as a comedy, and when it tries to shift gears and become a romance, it is unconvincing in its machinations.
A mildly surprising and completely heartwarming ending casts a glow over the previous 96 minutes of "Austenland" but can't wipe out all regrets for what might have been.
Audience Reviews for Austenland
Any nerdy girl worth her salt has sat at home on a Friday night and watched an Austen marathon on the couch, dreaming about their Colonel Brandon or Mr. Darcy. (Not that I know this from experience, mind you.) In this Keri Russell vehicle she plays Jane, an obsessed Austen fan who wants some romance in her life, instead of the slew of guys she's previously dated. In true Austenian fashion, Jane travels halfway across the world to stay at an exclusive manor in England, where she lives the life of an Austen heroine (most likely Fanny Price). Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/8/21/austenland
This film is a lot of fun for the inner geek/romantic. Russell doesn't quite gel for as a character smitten with Jane Austin and Coolidge, while funny, is a bit too forced and frequent to sit right. JJ Feild is marvelous for his role. The plot doesn't quite make sense, but it's all good fun and thoroughly enjoyable.
Keri Russell stars in the satirical comedy Austenland. The story follows a young woman obsessed with the works of Jane Austen, who takes a vacation to a cottage retreat where she gets to live out a Jane Austen style adventure. Russell gives a great performance and has good chemistry with her co-stars. Additionally, Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymour make for a strong supporting cast. Still, the writing is a little weak and the plot doesn't always seem like it knows where it's going. But, despite its ups and downs Austenland is fun and entertaining.
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