Persuasion (1995)

This theatrically released BBC television movie is loosely based on the final novel of Jane Austen. It is set in 1814 when the British navy fleet is returned from fighting the Napoleonic wars. A deeply indebted nobleman, Sir Walter Elliot… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 27, 1995
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Caryn James
New York Times

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.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Michell's approach to Persuasion indicates that he is the rarest of literary translators -- one who is genuinely interested in a work's themes, its characters and what the author has to say about the world in which they exist.

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Angie Errigo
Radio Times

[Persuasion] never lets the superb period detail intrude on the emotional realism or romantic suspense.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Austen fans: Prepare to be swept away.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Jane Austen love story with an admirable heroine.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Persuasion is Jane without pain, E-Z Austen. It's a delight.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There's a wonderful, unhurried delicacy about Persuasion, Roger Mitchell's adaptation of Jane Austen's final novel.

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Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

Following the novel with unhurried fidelity, the film is as faithful to Austen as Anne Elliot is to the man of her dreams.

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Jennifer Xu
this movie affirms why i love jane austen so much. every little piece of information is an exceptionally juicy piece of gossip. marriage proposals are quickly… More
Joey Nevarez
File this under films-that-deserve-better-reviews-than-I'm-giving them. I liked it, but I just couldn't get behind it. Persuasion is a mature Jane… More
Wildaly M
The romance in this film could never be equaled. Anne and Wentworth are characters that are not to be forgotten in this amazing adaptation of the Jane Austen… More
Sunil Jawahir
Despite all of the positive reviews, I found this really slow moving and not as enjoyable as most of the other Jane Austen adaptations.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=navy]"Persuasion" starts just after Napoleon's defeat in 1814. Naval officers are returning after years at sea. One… More