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Mansfield Park

Drama . Romance . Comedy

This fun and sexy comedy tells a timelessly entertaining story where wealthy, secret passions and mischievous women put love to the test.. When a spirited young woman, Fanny Price, is sent away to live on the great country estate of her rich cousins, she's meant to learn the ways of proper society. But while Fanny learns "their" ways, she also enlightens them with a wit and sparkle all her own!

Actors: Frances O'Connor , Lindsay Duncan , James Purefoy , Sheila Gish , Harold Pinter , Victoria Hamilton , Hugh Bonneville , Justine Waddell , Embeth Davidtz , Alessandro Nivola , Hannah Taylor-Gordon , Talya Gordon , Bruce Byron
Directors: Patricia Rozema
Country: UK
Release: 1999-11-12
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  • Peter Stack

    Intelligence and beauty -- and teasing romance -- shape Mansfield Park into a gorgeous, enchanting experience.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    This is an uncommonly intelligent film, smart and amusing too, and anyone who thinks it is not faithful to Austen doesn't know the author but only her plots.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Paula Nechak

    Daring, gorgeous.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Rozema's handling of the entangled amours and social gamesmanship at Mansfield Park is delightful and the open-minded moviegoer will have a hard time resisting this stylish and stirring movie.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Sarah Raskin

    The only fault I found was a lengthy build to the story's political climax (there's a subplot about slavery), after which the film quickly seams up its unravelings and ends.

    TNT RoughCut Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    A love story more involved than I can easily explain.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    A thoughtful, engaging film.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The Australian actress Frances O'Connor is a true find. She's as beautiful as the young Barbara Hershey, with a stare that's pensive yet playful, and she puts us in touch with the quiet battle of emotions in Fanny.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Diana Abu-Jaber

    Piquant, playful, and, in many ways, just as appealing as blockbusters such as "Pride and Prejudice."

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Ms. Rozema has made a film whose satiric bite is sharper than that of the usual high-toned romantic costume drama.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    Well acted, and it achieves a strong, smart, engaging life of its own.

    Time Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    It isn't Austen, but it's delicious fun.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    Stylish and arrives at a satisfying cumulative weight, even if it isn't Austen pure.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Curtis Morgan

    The latest and loosest -- in the saucy sense of the word as well -- adaptation of (Austen's) sly comedies of uppercrust manners.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    O'Connor plays Fanny with an appealingly direct, unflinching gaze.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    What's on the screen may not be a letter-perfect Mansfield Park, but something true to its spirit.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Enormously satisfying.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    Why should we keep seeing Austen fresh, through our own, modern eyes? Because she's a writer who has never really left our field of vision. And, as this new Mansfield Park proves again, she never will.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Loses much of the book's complexity but gains dramatic power from a cleverly streamlined screenplay... and several persuasive performances. No previous movie has made Austen's vision seem so vivid and alive for contemporary times.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    Although Mansfield Park is an enjoyable film, you can't help but wish that it were as brave, feisty and unconventional as it keeps telling us its heroine is. Full Review
  • Andy Klein

    O'Connor as Fanny is irresistibly appealing.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Hazel-Dawn Dumpert

    Rozema seems determined to defrill the Austen trend and charge it with a fiercer sort of femininity.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Horton

    Quick and funny, and a refreshing break from period-film stuffiness. Full Review
  • Kevin Maynard

    "Run mad whenever you choose, but do not faint," Austen wrote in her early journals. Despite its brazen politics, Mansfield Park never goes giddily amok as promised.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    It's an interesting take, and it always holds our interest, but it's finally too ham-fisted to be a completely winning one.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    An engaging bit of entertainment.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ronnie Scheib

    There's something more than a little perverse about taking one of the most timid, self-effacing heroines in English literature and turning her into a paragon of modern free-spirited womanhood.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Justine Elias

    In trying so hard to entertain, ends up sabotaging itself.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Derek Elley

    But there's little sense of a longer dramatic arc stretching across the characters: Rozema can't seem to hold a single tone for more than a few minutes, and she has too many other axes to grind besides just getting the story up on the screen.

    Variety Full Review
  • Andy Seiler

    Not since Demi Moore lived happily ever after in "The Scarlet Letter" has a filmmaker felt so free to fudge a famous plot.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    A confusing jumble of historical drama and modern social essay that only serves to cloud the whole field of Jane Austen studies.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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