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: 83% 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.

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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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.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Austen fans: Prepare to be swept away.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

Vanessa Redgrave has never been more likable on screen than in her buoyantly athletic turn here.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Literate, beautifully-produced screen adaptation of a classc Jane Austen novel.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

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

Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Jane Austen love story with an admirable heroine.

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Pat Kramer
Boxoffice Magazine

Apart from some minor audio problems, Persuasion is a truly enjoyable film that captures the time period in an amusing, revealing manner and is educational for all ages.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
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