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Austenland Reviews

September 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 19, 2013
Austenland is modest fun but needs to show it has a brain under its sun bonnet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2013
"Austenland" understands Austen's enduring romantic appeal but has no use for her deeper themes of class, wealth and gender inequality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 12, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 2, 2013
Everything rings false, and the spectacle of bad actors pretending to be bad actors may trouble your sleep for some time.
August 30, 2013
Austenland begs a couple of questions: One is why, Keri Russell, why? The other: Where is Christopher Guest when you need him?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 29, 2013
Hess has made a classic rookie mistake: Any spoof has to be at least as smart as the thing it's spoofing, and this one's twice as dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 29, 2013
A wan comedy aimed squarely at whoever it is who buys all those "Austen-inspired" books cluttering up the publishing world.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 29, 2013
There's an inspired silliness to "Austenland," an erratic, entertaining comedy with an inspired premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2013
There are a few flashes of wit in the romantic comedy Austenland, but for the most part, the humor lands not with Dear Jane's grace and style but with all the subtlety of a cholera outbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2013
It's a piquant idea, but the execution is intolerably clumsy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
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
August 16, 2013
It says weirdos deserve romance too, and that Austenland isn't so much a page in a book or a place on a map, but a corner of your heart.
August 16, 2013
The missed opportunities in "Austenland" are more numerous than dowry-less sourpusses at a ball in a Jane Austen novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 16, 2013
While the cast is gung-ho as well as tally-ho, the results are only intermittently amusing and feel half-finished-the way that "Saturday Night Live" skits often do, but at least those are blessedly only minutes long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 16, 2013
Russell plays Jane's scatterbrained romanticism with such underhanded charm that she goes a long way toward making the laughs seem pertly knowing, even when they come at Jane's expense.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 16, 2013
Unfortunately, this scattershot comedy only occasionally hits the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 16, 2013
A tribute to Miss Austen needs both sense and sensibility, sparkling wit and a variety of attractive suitors.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
August 15, 2013
Feels tentative - all too attuned to the blandly easygoing protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 15, 2013
Opts for crass over clever and slapstick over satire.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 15, 2013
A humorous chick flick for well-read audiences, Austenland is a novel concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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
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
August 13, 2013
Austenland the movie is built on the understanding that fantasy is healthy until you elect to live in it-and that sometimes a chase to the airport isn't something you should bother with in the real world.
August 12, 2013
Clever rom-com finds new ways to exploit the Mr. Darcy archetype
January 22, 2013
Austenland doesn't really satirize Austen's world (or fans) so much as use them as a pretext for a mixture of middling burlesque and routine romantic comedy.
January 20, 2013
"Austenland" is as light and airy as a cream puff, and as entirely unfulfilling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+