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Jude Reviews

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August 2, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 24, 2006
Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving.
August 19, 2006
Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether.
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.
July 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Jude should hobble through the art houses and become obscure itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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January 1, 2000
The problem here isn't grimness but a failure to make grimness wrench the heart.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Winterbottom is angry, clear-headed, and with a sure visual sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
August 16, 2003
Among the very best, frankest, and most honest of recent literary adaptations.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2002
Harrowing and compelling screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel set in 19th century England
January 15, 2004
Sometimes outstanding but is a not always satisfying screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's last novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
January 1, 2000
While Winterbottom is never quite able to infuse this version of Jude with a life of its own...it's obvious that he's a capable and literate director.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 18, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
October 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
For those who do not remember the novel be forewarned that this beautiful but consistently morose tale reaches a surprisingly and horrible conclusion...if it doesn't put you in tears, I'd be surprised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
January 1, 2000
The elemental power of Hardy's tragedy remains, and the performers, particularly Winslet, are strong and moving as characters who struggle mightily against the blind implacability of destiny.
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