Jude
Jude (1996)

Jude, a stonemason with unfulfilled scholarly ambitions, has a complex romantic relationship with his cousin, although both he and she marry other people. Brilliantly adapted from Thomas Hardy's tragic last novel, this is a story of… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 14, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Derek Elley
Variety

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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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film.

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Film4

It's good quality stuff, but sublimely miserable.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The dark, steel engraving look that cinematographer Eduardo Serra has given Jude endows it with a somber magnificence.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Superbly acted by all involved.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
A good Thomas Hardy adaptation, needless to say, don't expect a happy ending. This film is quite hard going but very good!
Marion Ravenwood
meh. It was really sad. the film felt squashed together and I felt that they made things difficult for themselves. It is very hard for me to believe that it… More
Jason Owens
Dry and a rather borefest, worth watching only for Kate Winslet's naked body.
Leo L
A great movie!
Mark Abell
Only because of Kate Winslet do I round this up to four stars. One of the strongest actors working in film today, she is radiantly beautiful, even in this… More