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The Jane Austen Book Club
Robin Swicord's adaptation of the novel The Jane Austen Book Club concerns a group of women and a man who meet regularly to discuss the works of the popular author, but soon discover their lives are playing out much like one of the author's fictional worlds. Among the members of the club are Sylvia (Amy Brenneman), a recent divorcée; Bernadette (Kathy Baker), who has decided to accept her advancing age; and Prudie (Emily Blunt), who feels guilty about her persistent fantasies of cheating on her loving husband. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"Just fine in a sentimental, mainstream kind of way. Although by constantly referencing Austen's sharp wit and characterisation, this can only ever come up short in comparison."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"This marvelously intelligent romantic comedy will captivate even those who don't know or care much about Austen, although there's undeniably an extra layer of pure delight to be found if you do."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"...not a genre film but...deserves mention for portraying a character who is a fan of science-fiction but is not characterized as a hopeless geek..."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"The Jane Austen Book Club is both a testament to Austen's continued relevance and a fine example of classroom particulars converted into entertaining banter without losing any oomph."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Colorado Springs Gazette
"Charming, funny and romantic."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Worth attending."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Unlike so many chick flicks that celebrate female solidarity as a concept without ever making us feel it, The Jane Austen Book Club is convincingly feminist in a nonpolitical way."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A surprisingly successful, un-Hallmark-ified take on the traditional chick flick."
‑ Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel.com
"If you're prepared to sit through a lot of mediocrity in search of a few worthwhile moments and a couple of actors who rise above the material, then you might be satisfied."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"These ladies have too much time on their hands if the only thing they worry about is finishing their reading assignment in time for their next bout of well-heeled lusting."
‑ Matthew Turner, thelondonpaper
"The real disappointment is the paint-by-numbers flatness of the contemporary stories and characters; it's hard to care much about Sylvia and Prudie with Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Woodhouse hovering in the wings."
‑ Tom Beer, Time Out New York
"The film has an undeniable, easygoing charm. Real life is seldom so pleasingly plotted, but then real life is what people go to movies like this to get away from."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Austen wrote six novels and The Jane Austen Book Club is about six people who meet to discuss them over the course of six months. 666. Coincidence? I think not."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Breaking up, jealousies, match making and a bid for second chances are the themes of this vibrant and uplifting film that explores life, love and desire."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The contrivance is horrible, the schmaltz unpardonable."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
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