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Austenland Reviews

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
June 8, 2016
It's probably unfair to compare the film and its source inspiration too heavily but this plays out like a weak modern-day Austen novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Brown
FILMINK (Australia)
February 7, 2014
Rom-com fanatics and Austen aficionados may find gems in Austenland, but others will see this as a film with little sense or sensibility.
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Silvija Ozols
Time Out
August 13, 2013
By the time we get to a painful play-within-the-cosplay-within-the-film scripted by Jane Seymour's grande dame, a truth becomes universally acknowledged: Actors "acting badly" is rarely funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Johnston
Total Film
September 24, 2013
Too witless to be a decent comedy, too charmless to call itself a parody, this messy adap of Shannon Hale's novel groans under the weight of a predictable plot and explosive overacting ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
August 30, 2013
That it stars The Americans' Keri Russell, one of TV's fiercer female leads, only adds to the depressive air of an alleged comedy that belittles the very women it works overtime trying to woo.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jamie S. Rich
August 29, 2013
Jane soon finds the mashup of fantasy and reality doesn't always mesh. Unfortunately, neither do the various elements of "Austenland."
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
September 19, 2013
It would behoove those who produced this lamentable drama to re-read [Austen's] major works, if indeed they had ever read them at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Beck
February 10, 2014
Austenland is a pretty film to look at, but underneath its look, there's just not much there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
September 27, 2013
You would be well advised to give a wide berth to this largely useless adaptation of a book by Shannon Hale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
August 22, 2013
The film does little delving into what could make a modern woman so hung up on the romantic conventions of yesteryear, even less with complications of class conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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January 20, 2013
"Austenland" is as light and airy as a cream puff, and as entirely unfulfilling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 15, 2013
It's a truly half-assed satire, one whose senseless sensibility seems less informed by the best of English literature than the worst of Saturday Night Live.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 22, 2013
No matter how bleak things seem, Austen's characters always manage to find a euphoric and contagious happiness. And that kind of feeling needs to be earned. It can't be replicated with a checklist of plot points.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 12, 2013
Austen herself would probably find the movie tacky and contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 2, 2013
Miscast, lumbering and ugly to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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August 15, 2013
If reading Austenland the novel was a guilty pleasure, watching Austenland the movie is like standing around at a deadly cocktail party where the hostess is laughing so hard at her own joke that she can't finish telling it.
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Alonso Duralde
August 15, 2013
Austenland is so sluggish and plodding that I started imaging a cross-over with another fantasy-resort movie, wherein the Yul Brynner gunslinger robot from Westworld would show up and lay waste to all of these dullards.
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Michael Phillips
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2013
Feels tentative - all too attuned to the blandly easygoing protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
September 26, 2013
Not remotely believable, it plays like a TV comedy sketch painfully over-extended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
September 20, 2013
At its best moments, Hess' film is merely cute, but never more -- and often less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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