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Twilight author Stephanie Meyer makes her first foray into film producing with this romantic comedy about a 30-something woman whose lifelong obsession with all things Jane Austen lead her to an eccentric theme park based on the author's writings, and into the company of a handsome young suitor. For as long as she can remember, Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) has treasured the writings of the author behind such literary classics as Emma, and Pride & Prejudice. For years, Jane had been stashing away funds in hopes that someday she would be able to afford a trip to Austenland - a place where the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
"Although...mostly a nice, light, little trifle, it's ultimately half a soufflé at best-one that never quite rises to the occasion."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Rom-com fanatics and Austen aficionados may find gems in Austenland, but others will see this as a film with little sense or sensibility."
‑ Andrew Brown, FILMINK (Australia)
"Austenland is bound to become the guilty pleasure of the spring."
‑ Rebecca Barry,
"Austenland is modest fun but needs to show it has a brain under its sun bonnet."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"an interesting diversion that holds a lot of promise at first, is pleasant but generally underdelivers throughout, and then almost redeems itself with a last-minute twist that almost makes sense considering the movie's core weakness."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Based on the 2007 book by Shannon Hale, all the ingredients for a deft, sly, sleight-of-hand comedy are there. But the film is all over the place. The tone is off, the timing is off, the cutting is off. And it's just not funny."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Not only is it silly and twee, but it tries to present a "realistic" look at love that's just as corny as the romance it's making fun of."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
""Austenland" understands Austen's enduring romantic appeal but has no use for her deeper themes of class, wealth and gender inequality."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Everything rings false, and the spectacle of bad actors pretending to be bad actors may trouble your sleep for some time."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Austenland is a pretty film to look at, but underneath its look, there's just not much there."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"This is just a desperate attempt to hook in gullible fans hoping for a little Darcy-inflected romantic swooning."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"It's generally lacking the wit and charm that Austen herself likely would have brought to the same material."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
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