Jude (1996)

Remaining quite true to the tone and narrative style of Thomas Hardy's ultimate tragic novel Jude the Obscure, this British period drama follows the hopeless attempts of a bright country boy to realize his dream of attending a… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 18, 1996
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

It's worth seeing Jude, a stark adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, just for the extraordinary performance of Christopher Eccleston as Jude Fawley.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving.

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TV Guide

The film has its period down cold, but what makes it special is its nerve, about which the best you can say is that it matches Hardy's own.

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Derek Elley

Young English actress Kate Winslet adds luster and energy to Jude, a bold and generally successful attempt to adapt Thomas Hardy's final novel, Jude the Obscure, to the bigscreen.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film.

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It's good quality stuff, but sublimely miserable.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The dark, steel engraving look that cinematographer Eduardo Serra has given Jude endows it with a somber magnificence.

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Michael Dequina

Superbly acted by all involved.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Owens
Dry and a rather borefest, worth watching only for Kate Winslet's naked body.
Leo L
A great movie!
Mark Abell
Only because of Kate Winslet do I round this up to four stars. One of the strongest actors working in film today, she is radiantly beautiful, even in this… More
Marion Ravenwood
meh. It was really sad. the film felt squashed together and I felt that they made things difficult for themselves. It is very hard for me to believe that it… More