Mansfield Park
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Freely adapted from a novel by Jane Austen, this period drama is set in the early 1800s, as a girl named Fanny (Hannah Taylor Gordon) is being raised by loving but desperately poor parents. Wanting a better life for Fanny, they send her away to live with her aunts, high-minded Mrs. Norris (Sheila Gish) and drug-addicted Lady Bertram (Lindsay Duncan), who share an estate called Mansfield Park. Fanny joins the family at Mansfield Park, which includes Lady Bertram's husband Sir Thomas (Harold Pinter), who made his money in slaves and West Indian plantations; Sir Thomas's son Tom (James… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"While this version plays somewhat fast and loose with the original story, and even more so with the heroine's character, it is still much more Jane Austen than not."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park continues Jane Austen's winning streak on film."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Mansfield Park works because it not only comes from the novel...but also from Austen's letters and journals."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Despite such occasional flaws...Mansfield Park is a welcome treat for Austen addicts."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Rozema's thoughtful pacing and deliberately modern spin on the tale keep the rot from setting in."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"This Mansfield Park becomes a kind of romanticized gloss -- an imaginative grad-student thesis that melds author and character."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Spins the most interesting modern re-interpretation of the Austen canon."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"While Mansfield Park doesn't boast the high calibre Hollywood star wattage and gloss of Sense and Sensibility, it offers a more thought-provoking viewpoint."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A powerful portrait of a determined young woman's quest to remain true to the vastness of her spirit and soul."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This is merely another attempt at making a high-class art film that can't come close to the spirit of the literary book it is based on."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A witty, entertaining film."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Wonderful book adaptation with strong female character."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...busy nothings add up to motion picture somethings in one of the year's most charming films."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"An uneven but ultimately stirring adaptation from Canadian director Patricia Rozema."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"While die-hard fans of Austen's works might not like the contemporary spin that Rozema has put on this latest adaption, most every other fan of period costume dramas will probably find it to their liking."
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
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