Reviews: Austenland (2013)

austenlandReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 5/22/14] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Despite its best efforts, Austenland could never find what it wanted to be: spoof or sincere.
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Along with Jennifer Coolidge playing her usual eccentric self, touches like the exaggerated, bounding manner with which Lady Heartwright (Georgia King) walks and a random visit from one of Nelly’s greatest hits try too hard and clash with the more refined humor that comes naturally with the setting.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: When Russell and Feild are together, we get hints of Austenland’s potential as a skewed, modern-day version of a Jane Austen story. Unfortunately, Hess and company weren’t nearly as interested in Austen as they were in a thousand other boring romantic comedies.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: Austenland adds to the Hess family’s post-Napoleon Dynamite disappointments.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Even Colin Firth rising from a pond completely starkers couldn’t save this outing.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …doesn’t really know what it wants to be, parody, tribute, romantic comedy or goofy social commentary.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Amiable, yet flimsy – too bad it’s not a saucier, snarkier satire.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Austenland, allow me to tell you how ardently I loathe and despise you.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: The writer-director’s labored sensibility might have been ill-matched with the author’s fond sense of humor. But, for the most part, a silly-sweet tone and likable cast carry it far enough to the status of a pleasantly goofy, featherweight trifle.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Once its initial charm wears thin it soon becomes clear the film is far more interested in staying in the comfortable box of clichés and predictability.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live
    • Excerpt: Jane soon finds the mashup of fantasy and reality doesn’t always mesh. Unfortunately, neither do the various elements of “Austenland.”
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: The film would have benefited greatly had it instead tried to invoke the feel of an Austen novel, instead of just dressing up like one.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: The film’s drably formulaic quality might be forgivable, were its screenplay not so leadenly unfunny.

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