Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility (1995)

In this costume drama, based on the novel by Jane Austen, Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are left with almost nothing after Mr. Dashwood's death. They move into a cottage and sensible eldest daughter Elinor attempts to keep things… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 14, 1995
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sense and Sensibility is an uncommonly deft, very funny Jane Austen adaptation, marked by Emma Thompson's finely tuned performance.

Todd McCarthy

Thompson's script manages the neat trick of preserving the necessary niceties and decorum of civilized behavior of the time while still cutting to the dramatic quick.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

We need no further proof that this material is ageless.

Thomas Sutcliffe
Independent (UK)

Elinor, in other words, is a performance, but it is a performance that issues intimately from Thompson's real character, as all good performances do.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I can't say I remembered this 1995 feature too clearly a couple of days later; but I certainly had a good time as I watched it.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The sensibility may be a bit off, but there is more than enough sense involved in this mid-Atlantic Austen to make up the difference.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This exquisite endeavor remains the finest Jane Austen adaptation to date.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Thompson and Winslet give fine performances ably supported by the rest of the ensemble.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Sense and Sensibility is an enjoyable film, and yet it left me somehow unsatisfied.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

This is as lively as costume dramas get.

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It is hard to believe anybody gets happily married in 19th century England with all the rules and customs. Jane Austen writes interesting books, and the actors… More
Mike S
Ang Lee made this? Talk about being a jack of all genres. I mean, it's certainly not every director who can make the jump from this to such a completely… More
Carlos Magalhães
A faithful adaptation, especially in tone, of Austen's enjoyable novel. Even though not a remarkable story, it benefits mostly from great performances by… More
Jameson Worley
Great film, just not my type! Fantastic perfomances all around, especially by Kate Winslet, who never fails to impress me. I thought Emma Thompson did a great… More
Aj V
This is a beautiful adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, starring a bunch of beautiful and brilliant actors and actresses. Having read the book, I… More
Morgan Salem
Thank goodness for this movie because it did help me understand the book better. When I read the book, I was so confused as to who was in love with who...but I… More