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Pride & Prejudice

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France, United Kingdom, United States
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2005

Rated PG · 2h 15m

Director Joe Wright
Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Rosamund Pike, Simon Woods

Genre Drama, Romance

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Unable to inherit due to their gender, Elizabeth Bennett and her four sisters do not have many choices. When the wealthy Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy move into a manner not far away, their mother sees an opportunity to find one of her daughters a wealthy husband to support them all once Mr. Bennet dies.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Elsa Bauerdick Profile picture for Elsa Bauerdick

This is a wonderful adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. Upbeat and funny but still true to the tone of the original, it's a very fun watch.

Stella Rumble Profile picture for Stella Rumble

Keira Knightley is wonderful as Lizzie Bennet, and she really carries this movie with a lot of spirit. The cinematography has some truly lovely moments, and the script stays witty and Austenian.

Kelsey Thomas Profile picture for Kelsey Thomas

A film I’ve watched at least three times in a genre I tend to avoid. The chemistry between Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen is irresistible, even for me. An enjoyable and witty adaptation, which, as we’ve learned from less successful films, is hard to pull off.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

88

Chicago Tribune by

At the end, director Wright wraps the whole thing up with a fairy-tale coda more Shakespearean than Austen-tine. Yet it all works.
80

Variety by Derek Elley

A movie for the age, and a keeper for the ages, Pride & Prejudice brings Jane Austen's best-loved novel to vivid, widescreen life, as well as making an undisputed star of 20-year-old Keira Knightley.
88

ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Of Austen's novels, none is more beloved than this one, so it's good to see it once again brought to the screen with the pride which it deserves.
80

The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Most importantly, the director, script, and cast (rounded out by Judi Dench and well-placed imports Donald Sutherland and Jena Malone) all recognize that Austen is about much more than pretty costumes and knowing looks.
100

Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer

In the end, the finest achievement of Wright's movie is that it fully captures what Martin Amis, writing on Pride and Prejudice, said of Austen: "Money is a vital substance in her world; the moment you enter it you feel the frank horror of moneylessness, as intense as the tacit horror of spinsterhood." All that, and a great love story, too.
90

Dallas Observer by Robert Wilonsky

There's something more REAL about this version, more human, more lived-in; though their words may have been penned 200 years ago, when Austen was a young woman writing about her idealized self, this cast and crew nudge the material into the now.

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