Cold Comfort Farm
Cold Comfort Farm (1996)

In 1930s England, Flora, a sophisticated young woman suddenly left penniless, seeks refuge with her eccentric relatives at the extremely shabby Cold Comfort Farm. Her presence disturbs and ultimately reinvigorates the torpid household in… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 10, 1996
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cold Comfort Farm sends up high-minded classics with a wit and impressive restraint that rivals its inspirations.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Malcolm Bradbury's script and John Schlesinger's direction ... between them coarsen, soften and simply lose much of Gibbons' extraordinarily sophisticated, wonderfully funny humour ...

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Mike Clark
USA Today

Dickens meets the Beverly Hillbillies.

Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

[A] mischievous send-up of D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and assorted other high-toned practitioners of grimly serious rural romances.

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Emanuel Levy

Schelsinger's masterfully directed eccentric satire is based on Stella Gibbons' 1933 book which spoofs the serious, soul-searching, rural-set stories of writers like D.H. Lawrence and Mary Webb.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Thanks to Schlesinger's exacting direction and Malcolm Bradbury's witty, restrained script, these characters are kept more amusing than horribly pitiable.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Sweet, sprightly made-for-British-TV comedy.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

What could be more welcome than a classic English comedy, bristling with wit and hilarity and crammed with wonderful eccentrics?

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

"Cold Comfort Farm" may be hysterically funny to regular readers of Hardy, Lawrence, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, but it won't ring many bells for the rest of us.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Good, but somehow not great version of the classic British novel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
Cold Comfort Farm is a delightful tale based on the book of the same name. Set in the 1940s, this story about a young orphaned girl who goes off to live with… More
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Leigh Ryan
Fantastically funny.
Neum Daddy
Quite possibly Kate Beckinsale's best performance (that I've seen). Very British movie about an upper-crust socialite's clever daughter… More
Robert C
This film is a lot of fun and has a cast of brilliant British actors. Everyone is great, but especially fun is the cameo by Joanna Lumley as the Aunt with a… More
Jesse Ortega
This is quite a good film that benefits from a talented cast of actors playing wonderfully eccentric characters. But, and perhaps this is just me, it's a… More