Cold Comfort Farm
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Stella Gibbons' popular novel was published in 1932, and it has been adapted twice for British television, first as a miniseries in 1971, then by director John Schlesinger in 1995. That version proved so popular that it was released to theaters in the U.S. The heroine of Gibbons' story, Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale), is an aspiring young writer with two needs: material for her first novel, and a cheap place to live and work. A wealthy friend encourages her to take advantage of her country cousins and impose upon them for lodgings. Flora finds Cold Comfort Farm to be a ramshackle affair… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"Schelsinger's masterfully directed eccentric satire is based on Stella Gibbons' 1933 book which spoofs the serious, soul-searching, rural-set stories of writers like D.H. Lawrence and Mary Webb."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Good, but somehow not great version of the classic British novel."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Falls flat on its bum."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"[A] mischievous send-up of D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and assorted other high-toned practitioners of grimly serious rural romances."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"Skewers the dark romantic novels of rural England and shows how a control freak can find happiness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Sweet, sprightly made-for-British-TV comedy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The film is full of wonderful eccentrics and funny performances."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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