88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Chick Flick indeed! Guys, take your best buddy to see this movie. Tell him, "It's really cool, dude, even though there aren't any eviscerations."
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Neither trite nor pandering, and that's what makes the film better than most of its peers.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
An enjoyable if fairly predictable film.
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75

Chicago Tribune

Overall, The Jane Austen Book Club is an admirable mix of heady and fluffy, the kind of wish-fulfillment fantasy that needn’t make filmgoers ashamed of what they wished for.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
For a visual bonus, Hugh Dancy appears in bike shorts as the lone male Jane-ite.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This is Austen lite, but pleasantly so. You can hardly fault a movie that fashions itself around a consummate writer whose keen sense of humor and gift for fully realized characters have resulted in countless screen adaptations.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film's characters are lively, the women all look terrific (the guys do too, for that matter), and its many romantic story threads weave into artfully told tales of love lost and found.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Those who know Austen novels will recognize how much each character resembles a figure in one of them. Those who do not will enjoy the amusing types. Men, this means you.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There are no surprises here, in other words, but there aren't supposed to be: This is a comfort film, the on-screen equivalent of mac and cheese - though with a splash of truffle oil to class things up.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's a lot like a pumpkin spice frappuccino with extra sugar and extra cream. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll leave with foam on your nose. So cute. As a friend said on the way out: At least no books were harmed in the making of this movie. And he's right. But that's only because no one really tried.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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