• R , 2 hr 3 min
  • Drama
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Jude Synopsis
Briton (Christopher Eccleston) in common-law marriage with cousin (Kate Winslet).
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Jude is a modernized version of Hardy, but a handsome, fluid and red-blooded one that has no difficulty finding correlatives to the...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Yet the film, no more than the novel, shouldn't be described as depressing. Both of them shine with heightened vision and poetics. [01 Nov...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is a film of tremendous scope and emotional depth that uncovers the soul of a novel and brings it to life on the screen.
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80

Empire

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A brave, powerful, far from comfortable and distinctly English affair that bears all the hallmarks of a labour of love rather than an...
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75

TV Guide

[Jude] is bristling, muscular Victorian noir. Of the scant handful of previous Hardy adaptations, none can match its intensity.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Jude is knockout Hardy, filled with stormy visual poetry and accompanied by a gorgeous yet simple score.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's worth seeing this stark adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure just for the extraordinary performance of Christopher Eccleston...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Together [Christopher Eccleston, Rachel Griffiths and Kate Winslet] stake a difficult story and make it into a haunting film.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Winterbottom's efficient yet prosaic approach is evident from the first grimy frame. [18 Oct 1996]
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The problem here isn't grimness but a failure to make grimness wrench the heart. [18 Oct 1996]
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Rated R