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Pride & Prejudice
Academy Award® Nominee
The classic tale of love and values unfolds in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century. The five Bennet sisters--including strong-willed Elizabeth and young Lydia--have all been raised...  View more >

Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Rosamund Pike...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Nov 12, 2005
I have seen every screen version of Pride and Prejudice out there and read the book multiple times, and I was both pleased and surprised by this movie.

All of the characters were captured very well and often with a refreshing air (I especially appreciated Mr. Collins and Mr. Bingley), and the "hold your breath" chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth was definitely there.

I was a bit concerned about this Darcy (who can compare to Colin Firth?!), but he pulled it off really well- he may be a new favorite! Keira was also really good at capturing Elizabeth Bennett's spirited nature, even though she irritates me at times.

The movie held true to the story quite well, and didn't overdue it with the frills and flappery of the BBC version (ie. the country dance really feels like one). I was especially surprised by the quite rustic version of the Bennett house.

A great movie for anyone looking to see a romantic comedy. You may not really get the entire story if you haven't seen/read Pride and Prejudice before, but this is a well balanced mix of story and entertainment; it holds true to the book and still moves along and at good speed. You won't get bogged down by quote after quote from the book.
Nov 13, 2005
This movie makes you so happy. If you are sad in any way, go and see this movie, you will leave fulfilled and happy once again. I was so worried that this movie would disappoint me and not be up to my expectations. I was completely wrong, I enjoyed this movie so much that I can't wait to go see it again. You don't have to be a Jane Austen fan, but it helps if you've read the book.
Nov 20, 2005
this is an Oscar contender for sure!
Nov 28, 2005
A beautifully executed version of the beloved classic, and despite the limitation of film length, still satisfying even to the most ardent Austen devotees. Don't hesitate to see this and savor every element: the romance, scenery, music and the performances by a brilliant cast. The comedy of the tale is especially clear and delightfully handled - this in contrast to previously made film versions.
Dec 8, 2005
The film is \"Pride and Prejudice\" and what a film to behold. It\'s amazing that a film such as this one, that would hold my attention.This is a one of a kind movie that reminds us what romance movies is all about. I studied the Jane Austin novel in college. I even got to see the 1941 version of the film. As a result, I really love the 2005 version of the film.The cinemagraphy is beautiful and the acting is outstanding. Even the film is loyal to Austin novel. Keira Knightley is very beautiful and enchanted in her role. She can be sexy, even in 19th Century clothing.
Nov 11, 2020
You probably already know if you're going to like this movie based on your openness to enjoying a story by Jane Austen. Never having read the source material, I can't tell you how closely it matches the book. Likewise, I have never seen the TV miniseries starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.

That said, I find this movie quite captivating. While I'm not the exact target audience, it's a very enjoyable story that is backed by some great performances. Since I have not seen any other adaptation, I can't compare, but it's difficult to imagine other actors doing a better job at these roles.

Another major character in this movie (besides the English countryside) is the score by Dario Marianelli, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work here. Rather than being background, the music is woven into the fabric of the movie in such a way that a lesser score would have resulted in a lesser movie.

If you can't imagine watching a period romance, I'm not going to tell you that you absolutely need to see this, and it will change your preconceptions about such movies. However, there's a good chance it might, and there are many worse ways to spend two hours and change. It improves with multiple viewings, so you may find yourself going back to it from time to time, so a purchase on home video is warranted.

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