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Jude Reviews

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TV Guide
May 1, 2012
The film has its period down cold, but what makes it special is its nerve, about which the best you can say is that it matches Hardy's own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 1, 2012
It's good quality stuff, but sublimely miserable.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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Derek Elley
June 10, 2008
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 19, 2006
Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving.
Michael Dequina
September 11, 2005
Superbly acted by all involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Jude isn't a movie to see as entertainment, but is a strong contemplation on man's struggle to overcome oppressive odds.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 15, 2004
Sometimes outstanding but is a not always satisfying screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's last novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 16, 2003
Among the very best, frankest, and most honest of recent literary adaptations.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2002
Harrowing and compelling screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel set in 19th century England
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Faithfully adapted from Thomas Hardy's novel, Jude (minus the Obscure)...It's also a difficult film to like because it is, simply put, a downer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 17, 2001
...as modern British historical films go, this is visually one of the most impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Jude is an affecting tragedy because, like all great tragedies, it involves believable, sympathetic characters. Winterbottom's film version benefits immensely from its extremely talented cast of actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
The dark, steel engraving look that cinematographer Eduardo Serra has given Jude endows it with a somber magnificence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This is a film of tremendous scope and emotional depth that uncovers the soul of a novel and brings it to life on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Winterbottom is angry, clear-headed, and with a sure visual sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lloyd Rose
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Watching the wan Christopher Eccleston as Jude and Kate Winslet as his cousin and lover Sue Bridehead, an audience might well wonder what all the fuss was about.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Jude should hobble through the art houses and become obscure itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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