80

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The ending is a bit of an audience-pleasing cop-out, a retreat into formula after 80 minutes or so of upending it. But those upendings are memorable, the cast dishy fun, and Jerusha Hess and Shannon Hale's breeze of a script (based on Hale's novel) is smart about the allure of fictional romances.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Hess gets her romance just grounded enough to handle the comic extremes supplied by the supporting cast.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Austenland is kind of a one-joke movie, and the film's rhythm is a bit flaccid, but the joke, at least, has a twinge of wit.
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63

RogerEbert.com

By Susan Wloszczyna
All this sounds eminently promising. But it would need a wordsmith as witty and wise as Emma Thompson, who won an Oscar for adapting the big-screen version of 1995's "Sense and Sensibility," to pull it off and do Austen herself justice.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A humorous chick flick for well-read audiences, Austenland is a novel concept.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
It’s a romantic comedy with all sorts of possibilities that instead relies on heavy-handed sight gags and over-the-top performances.
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60

The Guardian

It is smart and surprisingly literate, its only downfall being in that, in riffing on the work of a very talented writer on the subject of men and women, its screenplay could have used a little more of Jane Austen's immaculate sense of storytelling.
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60

Film.com

By Amanda May Meyncke
Austenland is as light and airy as a cream puff, and as entirely unfulfilling. Fans of the book may find it amusing, but those looking for heartier romantic comedy fare would do well to look elsewhere.
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60

Time Out New York

The Napoleon Dynamite cowriter-turned-director should have applied her editorial eye more consistently; Coolidge and King especially are allowed to wander into mugging far too often and for far too long.
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50

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Austenland doesn’t really satirize Austen’s world (or fans) so much as use them as a pretext for a mixture of middling burlesque and routine romantic comedy.
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42 out of 100
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