The Jane Austen Book Club
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

As five women and one enigmatic man meet to discuss the works of Jane Austen, they find their love lives playing out in a 21st century version of her novels. Sylvia, is shocked when her husband Daniel, leaves her after 20 plus years and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 5, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though at times formulaic and sentimental, Jane Austen Book Club succeeds on the strength of its likable ensemble cast. Even those not familiar with Jane Austen's work may find much to enjoy this lighthearted romance.

Anna Smith
Time Out

Just fine in a sentimental, mainstream kind of way. Although by constantly referencing Austen's sharp wit and characterisation, this can only ever come up short in comparison.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

This marvelously intelligent romantic comedy will captivate even those who don't know or care much about Austen, although there's undeniably an extra layer of pure delight to be found if you do.

Steve Biodrowski

...not a genre film but...deserves mention for portraying a character who is a fan of science-fiction but is not characterized as a hopeless geek...

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Worth attending.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Unlike so many chick flicks that celebrate female solidarity as a concept without ever making us feel it, The Jane Austen Book Club is convincingly feminist in a nonpolitical way.

Heather Huntington

A surprisingly successful, un-Hallmark-ified take on the traditional chick flick.

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Tom Beer
Time Out

The real disappointment is the paint-by-numbers flatness of the contemporary stories and characters; it's hard to care much about Sylvia and Prudie with Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Woodhouse hovering in the wings.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film has an undeniable, easygoing charm. Real life is seldom so pleasingly plotted, but then real life is what people go to movies like this to get away from.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Austen wrote six novels and The Jane Austen Book Club is about six people who meet to discuss them over the course of six months. 666. Coincidence? I think not.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
Interesting how six members of the book club's lives play out over six months - one month for each of Jane Austen's books. I had two problems - 1)… More
Jason Spencer
This is a film filled with really well fleshed out characters but with a story that is a little bare. There is no real beginning and end to it but just a look… More
Spencer S.
Much like an actual Austen novel, a group of women are changed by their relationships, defined by their sex, and smart as whips. Good for any Austen aficionado,… More
Candy Rose
Movie about a book club for 6 Jane Austen novels. The members of the club realise they have a lot in common with the characters in Jane Austen's books.… More
erika bruhns
I found this film so dumb. I found that the acting was not the best.
Nicki Marie
Better than I expected it to be. I have not read much of Jane Austen's stuff, (or especially liked what I did read), but I could still follow this one… More