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Sense and Sensibility

1995
Romance
2h 16m
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Avg Percentile 62.53% from 2157 total ratings

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Rated 09 Mar 2009
54
21st
Winslet and Thompson give excellent performances, but the film is rather dry.
Rated 16 Jan 2014
92
94th
This story has been told many times, but with this version you get the pleasure of the amazing Emma Thompson and the wonderful Kate Winslet. Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman were acceptable. Greg Wise was also entertaining despite his caddy role. A lovely production that gives a rich look into the privileged and cloistered lives from a bygone era. Hugh Laurie and Imelda Staunton were also amusing in their odd roles.
Rated 02 Mar 2010
80
81st
Emma Thompson fills this beautiful film, turning it to an even greater one. A movie which gives me true and wonderful joy. [2nd viewing] Even though I still like the performances (Winslet was better than I remembered), the production values weren't as good as Lee's later work. I just didn't "feel" it this time around. Who knows, maybe after revisiting it again, I'll love it again.
Rated 10 Jan 2011
80
85th
"Sense and Sensibility" is a handsome, elegant and thoroughly engrossing old-fashioned melodrama, directed with finesse by Ang Lee and written perfectly for the screen by Emma Thompson. The characters are interesting, the dialogue witty, the balance between sense and sensibility handled perfectly and the whole aura extremely British. A dream cast delivers a line of flawless performances, down to the smallest part, lead by the staggering Thompson and supported well by Winslet and Rickman.
Rated 17 Feb 2009
85
75th
A very wonderful adaptation of Austin's book. Emma Thompson is great, but I just love Alan Rickman.
Rated 07 Nov 2012
94
91st
Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman get two of the best entrances in cinema history and roll out some wonderful leading man schtick, but the movie belongs to Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet who find a way to make two female archetypes seem completely sympathetic and believable. Director Ang Lee finds the quiet wit and absurdity in every scene, but deep emotion too - I was in tears by the end of it. Love and money can bring complicated misery, no matter what era you live in!
Rated 23 Feb 2013
83
78th
Classic story well told. If you like Jane Austen you'll like the film.
Rated 27 Jul 2008
95
85th
Ang Lee's Georgian England is simply beautiful. Emma Thomson's script adaptation is a great example of the craft and the acting - who could forget Hugh Laurie's morose and acerbic Mr. Palmer.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
98th
Gorgeous! Stunningly filmed, wonderfully acted, and deeply felt. Emma Thompson adapted the novel perfectly, Ang Lee brought out lovely nuances, and Emma also manages to release one of the best emotional explosions any actress has ever evoked. Did I already say gorgeous?
Rated 25 Feb 2011
92
92nd
a very handsome movie indeed...
Rated 27 Mar 2007
65
76th
As good as an Austen adaptation gets. Lee's effort is top-notch on this one, it's a delight to watch, however I basically despise Austen's sensibilities.
Rated 28 Feb 2011
75
71st
I can appreciate the work Lee put in crafting a convincing adaptation of Austen's work but the story was tedious. I suppose you have to be an Austen fan to enjoy "romantic" tales of vainglorious idle rich anglos living off various inherited estates. The intent was to be whimsical and romantic but on deeper examination you can't help but feel a bit repulsed at the characters and the era they represent. There was a lack of any deeper engagement on a social or historical level.
Rated 02 Feb 2008
85
73rd
This is my first exposure to both Ang Lee and Jane Austen, so I'm not sure who should get credit for what. Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay, and as I understand it follows the source material closely. So I guess I'll credit Lee for the lush imagery and Austen for the surprisingly witty dialgoue and the humorous, if rather contrived, plot. I'll also give credit to the actors. Hugh Grant can't help but be a bit of a distraction no matter where he turns up, but he wasn't bad.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
60
62nd
Quality.
Rated 02 Jul 2010
5
28th
Dull as a two-by-four!
Rated 17 Nov 2007
80
87th
I have two X chromosomes, it's nearly impossible for me to not like this movie.
Rated 05 Jul 2008
95
92nd
I've seen this a million times and I loooooove it. Give me a repressed Brit any day.
Rated 07 Apr 2008
75
94th
Ahh, the woes of almost not being wealthy and cultured.
Rated 21 Jun 2010
90
25th
There were parts of this version I liked better than the BBC version and visa versa.
Rated 27 Apr 2019
20
5th
Wow, this perfectly captures all the stuffiness and dullness of Jane Austen novels. Pretty good looking tho
Rated 04 Jun 2011
40
9th
mildly painful.
Rated 13 Mar 2009
5
80th
This grew on me, bit by bit, almost completely by the force of Emma Thompson. I wouldn't watch it again though (at least not anytime soon).
Rated 03 Jun 2013
80
77th
This movie has everything I'd want in it. Namely, the male cast of Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.
Rated 10 Aug 2022
90
78th
Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet bring it all and I love them for it. This is a fantastic movie.
Rated 15 Jan 2010
75
63rd
Surprisingly, not as engageable as one would suspect, just your typically well crafted Austen adaptation.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
80
50th
Well done adaptation of Jane Austen's classic. I thought Emma Thompson a little old for the part but her acting was impeccable as ever.
Rated 12 Aug 2010
54
71st
#90s(m)#, story, casting.
Rated 07 Sep 2017
77
67th
Un film recitato molto bene, curato nelle scenografie e nei costumi e piuttosto fedele al romanzo: eppure non è minimamente paragonabile allo splendore del libro. Aggiungo poi che Emma Thompson è brava, ma decisamente troppo vecchia per la parte.
Rated 24 Dec 2010
3
68th
Good adaptation of J.Austen work. If you can bear her novels, you'll like it. Otherwise it's just normal (british) romantic movie. Thus leave it to others to watch and go doing something useful.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
35
15th
Vanilla flavoured period drama, and it's a little cheap, I think, to attempt to render your principle characters (the Dashwood girls and their love interests) as the only sympathetic characters, while everyone else is boorish and intolerable. So whenever these are on screen it becomes immediately a grating experience. Lee handled this with all the delicacy and verve of someone who might direct a Hulk movie.
Rated 16 Mar 2008
90
61st
A wonderful adaptation and a charming story!:)
Rated 31 Mar 2007
80
68th
Ang Lee and Jane Austen usually bore me, but I like this one
Rated 13 Nov 2008
100
98th
This movie is so beautiful to watch.
Rated 09 Jul 2007
70
63rd
I really, really, really hate Marianne, even Colonel Brandon can't save her from her blabbering.
Rated 27 Jul 2008
75
54th
Beautifully done, but the plot was too dark to keep me engaged. It's worth watching once, but I had to follow it up with Pride and Prejudice to get a satisfyingly happy ending. Also, Hugh Grant annoys me, so points lost there.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
70th
It's no Pride and Prejudice (BBC version), but a lovely story nonetheless. Great to see Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman and Greg Wise, all whose performances give credit to the understated excellence of British actors. Emma Thompson is good too, although the crying at the end forced this to end on a sour note, thus the lower score.
Rated 08 May 2010
80
61st
A beautiful film. It can be a bit slow at some points, but brilliant acting and lovely scenery.
Rated 02 Oct 2013
87
91st
87.000
Rated 29 Aug 2008
83
79th
A good romance with very fine actors, a nice realization of Jane Austen's novel.
Rated 17 Oct 2011
90
86th
Everything was a bit telegraphed as far as the direction was concerned, but Emma Thompson more than made up for it.
Rated 06 Aug 2021
80
70th
8?
Rated 03 Jan 2011
70
30th
I don't know, I've never been a huge fan of Austen, but it's okay.
Rated 01 Mar 2011
55
39th
Drama is supposed to spring from the fact that these people have to conceal their emotions. Well... it's just pretty damn dull.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
93rd
Another masterpiece! Emma Thompson is sooo good and so is Kate, and so is Alan, and so is Hug, and so is Ton, and so is Gemma, and so is Greg and so is EVERYONE!
Rated 31 Jul 2009
72
55th
A very pleasant little love story with what should have been Kate Winslet's first Oscar-winning performance. Still, it's held up a little bit too high for it's own good.
Rated 10 Jun 2020
84
90th
Great cast, great script, great direction. For fans of Austen's work, it doesn't get much better than this.
Rated 28 Jun 2016
80
64th
This movie is fucking gorgeous. Ang Lee makes the most visually beautiful movies, and he's even able to make something as sedate as Austen more exciting.
Rated 25 Mar 2008
85
63rd
Jane Austen's romance is always flowered with a happy end.
Rated 07 Apr 2021
80
68th
Thompson does a really good job adapting Austen's novel into just over a couple of hours. My only real complaint is that Grant disappears for so much of the film that it's difficult to feel what you are supposed to when he stages a triumphant return. This seems like an odd choice for the English language debut of Ang Lee, but he seems to really relate well to Austen's world where nobody is really allowed to say what they are really thinking at any given time.
Rated 11 Apr 2015
69
55th
my wife makes me watch these and what im learning is that austen was astoundingly predictable. i hate to compare movies to books bc what makes a good one of either is very, very different. however, even without having read the book, this movie is one of those adaptations that, while certainly enjoyable for the cast, does feel like its rushing itself from major plot point to the next major plot point to complete a check list of plot points Lee wished to include from the source.
Rated 19 Mar 2018
98
96th
Sense and Sensibility is an uncommonly deft, very funny Jane Austen adaptation, marked by Emma Thompson's finely tuned performance.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
72nd
Further proof that Ang Lee, should he stay on his current path (And away from movies like Hulk), is destined to be considered one of the greats.
Rated 30 Sep 2010
78
23rd
pretty good
Rated 09 Mar 2024
78
66th
This is very much a straightforward Austen interpretation aimed at the Oscars, but it's a very good one full of good performances and competent direction from Lee. It's not really my kind of movie generally, but it's very well done and always very watchable.
Rated 17 Feb 2020
70
54th
a ton of high-class acting, but to be fair, the book isn't all that good.
Rated 20 Oct 2007
91
91st
This remains my favorite Emma Thompson role, as she somehow manages to play a character of deep feeling and yet remain almost entirely restrained throughout the duration of the film. The tension that results is eminently watchable, while Lee's lush imagery and smart pacing work as well with Austen's material as any of the adaptations. The book differs fairly significantly at least in structure, thus Thompson deserves extra kudos for cleaning up the narrative.
Rated 10 Jun 2007
100
99th
This is my favorite movie of all time. I love it! It is so romantic!
Rated 09 Jun 2015
8
71st
Lee shows off his competence behind the camera, Thompson with her screenwriting abilities, and the whole cast in their wonderful portrayals of Austen's characters; "Sense and Sensibility" is truly lovely and dignified in execution.

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