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Adapted from what is arguably Jane Austen's most mature and subtlest novel, Persuasion is somewhat more nuanced and restrained than the more frequently adapted Emma and Pride and Prejudice. The protagonist, Anne (Amanda Root), is, by the conventions of society, considered an old maid when she remains unmarried at 27. However, a second chance arrives when her former love, Captain Wentworth (Ciaran Hinds), returns from the Napoleonic Wars. The pair, who hardly speak throughout, are surrounded by the usual assortment of family members, friends, acquaintances, and distant relations, many of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"The film offers the same pleasures as an Austen novel, as the audience sinks into a comforting, orderly world where life-shattering disruptions are handled with elegant ease."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Much of the movie's emotional work has to be done by...faces and eyes, while other people speak of other things, and to see that happening is frustrating, because it happens so slowly, and romantic, because it happens at all."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Following the novel with unhurried fidelity, the film is as faithful to Austen as Anne Elliot is to the man of her dreams."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"As gloriously romantic as it is giddily hilarious, Persuasion gives you a ruefully knowing smile as it sides with the wise heart. You leave the theater feeling better about everything."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Film Scouts
"I can't help but think that Austen would be pleased that this seeming Plain Jane of a picture could be a thing of such beauty and spirit."
‑ Hollis Chacona, Austin Chronicle
"Austen fans: Prepare to be swept away."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Vanessa Redgrave has never been more likable on screen than in her buoyantly athletic turn here."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Literate, beautifully-produced screen adaptation of a classc Jane Austen novel."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Whew! Sitting through 112 minutes of Persuasion is a true exercise in persistence."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Persuasion is a perfect movie."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Persuasion is Jane without pain, E-Z Austen. It's a delight."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Jane Austen love story with an admirable heroine."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Apart from some minor audio problems, Persuasion is a truly enjoyable film that captures the time period in an amusing, revealing manner and is educational for all ages."
‑ Pat Kramer, Boxoffice Magazine
"Enjoyable, but dry, adaptation of a Jane Austen romance."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"Roger Michell's movie captures [Jane Austen's] insight into social hypocrisies and elegant sense of irony, with precisely understated performances and a subtle, witty script."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Philadelphia City Paper
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