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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 thwarted yearnings and doomed love set in late 19th century rural England.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Jude isn't a movie to see as entertainment, but is a strong contemplation on man's struggle to overcome oppressive odds."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Harrowing and compelling screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel set in 19th century England"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"It's good quality stuff, but sublimely miserable."
‑ , Film4
"Sometimes outstanding but is a not always satisfying screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's last novel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Faithfully adapted from Thomas Hardy's novel, Jude (minus the Obscure)...It's also a difficult film to like because it is, simply put, a downer."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Boxoffice Magazine
"Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The dark, steel engraving look that cinematographer Eduardo Serra has given Jude endows it with a somber magnificence."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Superbly acted by all involved."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Among the very best, frankest, and most honest of recent literary adaptations."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"...as modern British historical films go, this is visually one of the most impressive."
‑ Almar Haflidason, BBC.com
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