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Jude Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 2, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving.
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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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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.
Emanuel Levy
July 30, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

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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USA Today
January 1, 2000
The problem here isn't grimness but a failure to make grimness wrench the heart.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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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
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
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
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
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
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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
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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
Dragan Antulov
December 18, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
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
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
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
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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