Austenland (2013)

Twilight author Stephanie Meyer makes her first foray into film producing with this romantic comedy about a 30-something woman whose lifelong obsession with all things Jane Austen lead her to an eccentric theme park based on the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 16, 2013
DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite an intriguing premise and fine performances from a talented cast, Austenland succumbs to outworn romcom cliches and slapstick gags.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The acting throughout falls into two registers; pantomime mugging for most of the cast, while the romantic leads, Russell and Feild, look so ill at ease that you pity them.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

It's tentative in its intentions and afraid to push all the way with its premise. It is not sharp enough as a comedy, and when it tries to shift gears and become a romance, it is unconvincing in its machinations.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

With all the makings of a cult, this hit-and-miss hoot is as weird - and certainly much sillier than you'd expect - of a comedy produced by Stefanie 'Twilight' Meyer but directed/penned by the co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Austenland is modest fun but needs to show it has a brain under its sun bonnet.

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Gail Pennington
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A mildly surprising and completely heartwarming ending casts a glow over the previous 96 minutes of "Austenland" but can't wipe out all regrets for what might have been.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

It's probably unfair to compare the film and its source inspiration too heavily but this plays out like a weak modern-day Austen novel.

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Rafer Guzman

"Austenland" understands Austen's enduring romantic appeal but has no use for her deeper themes of class, wealth and gender inequality.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Everything rings false, and the spectacle of bad actors pretending to be bad actors may trouble your sleep for some time.

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

Although...mostly a nice, light, little trifle, it's ultimately half a soufflé at best-one that never quite rises to the occasion.

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Spencer S.
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