Jude (1996)



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Remaining quite true to the tone and narrative style of Thomas Hardy's ultimate tragic novel Jude the Obscure, this British period drama follows the hopeless attempts of a bright country boy to realize his dream of attending a university.
R (adult situations/language, sex)
Drama , Romance
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Kate Winslet
as Sue Bridehead
Liam Cunningham
as Phillotson
Rachel Griffiths
as Arabella
June Whitfield
as Aunt Drusilla
Ross Colvin Turnbull
as Little Jude
David Tennant
as Drunk Undergraduate
Berwick Kaler
as Farmer Troutham
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12)

It's worth seeing Jude, a stark adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, just for the extraordinary performance of Christopher Eccleston as Jude Fawley.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Young English actress Kate Winslet adds luster and energy to Jude, a bold and generally successful attempt to adapt Thomas Hardy's final novel, Jude the Obscure, to the bigscreen.

Full Review… | June 9, 2008
Top Critic

Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Washington Post
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Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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The dark, steel engraving look that cinematographer Eduardo Serra has given Jude endows it with a somber magnificence.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Jude

Only because of Kate Winslet do I round this up to four stars. One of the strongest actors working in film today, she is radiantly beautiful, even in this overpoweringly sad adaptation of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. This viewer felt as though this were the Cliff Notes version of Hardy's weighty tome. So much of this seemed glossed over, with Jude's (Christopher Eccleston) seduction by, marriage to, and separation from Arabella (Rachel Griffith) taking place in the first ten minutes. The whole film came off that way. Maybe this suffers from comparison to the last film this viewer watched (and reviewed) which chose an entirely different approach to a long novel and achieved a brilliant result. The defining tragedy here nearly broke this viewer's heart, but was telegraphed long before the actual events unfolded. Whether this was the fault of the filmmakers or is inherent to the novel is irrelevant. One wonders why this film had to be made. Still, it was nice to see both Rachel Griffith and Kate Winslet, even if the film was less than satisfactory.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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Dry and a rather borefest, worth watching only for Kate Winslet's naked body.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


meh. It was really sad. the film felt squashed together and I felt that they made things difficult for themselves. It is very hard for me to believe that it would be this hard to be together.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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