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Jude (1996)



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Remaining quite true to the tone and narrative style of Thomas Hardy's ultimate tragic novel Jude the Obscure, this British period drama follows the hopeless attempts of a bright country boy to realize his dream of attending a university.

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Kate Winslet
as Sue Bridehead
Liam Cunningham
as Phillotson
June Whitfield
as Aunt Drusilla
David Tennant
as Drunk Undergraduate
Berwick Kaler
as Farmer Troutham
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Critic Reviews for Jude

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15)

It's worth seeing Jude, a stark adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, just for the extraordinary performance of Christopher Eccleston as Jude Fawley.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: B

Young English actress Kate Winslet adds luster and energy to Jude, a bold and generally successful attempt to adapt Thomas Hardy's final novel, Jude the Obscure, to the bigscreen.

June 10, 2008 | Full Review…
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Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether.

August 19, 2006 | Full Review…

Ambitious, sensitive, but ultimately uninvolving.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

...as modern British historical films go, this is visually one of the most impressive.

April 17, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jude

Only because of Kate Winslet do I round this up to four stars. One of the strongest actors working in film today, she is radiantly beautiful, even in this overpoweringly sad adaptation of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. This viewer felt as though this were the Cliff Notes version of Hardy's weighty tome. So much of this seemed glossed over, with Jude's (Christopher Eccleston) seduction by, marriage to, and separation from Arabella (Rachel Griffith) taking place in the first ten minutes. The whole film came off that way. Maybe this suffers from comparison to the last film this viewer watched (and reviewed) which chose an entirely different approach to a long novel and achieved a brilliant result. The defining tragedy here nearly broke this viewer's heart, but was telegraphed long before the actual events unfolded. Whether this was the fault of the filmmakers or is inherent to the novel is irrelevant. One wonders why this film had to be made. Still, it was nice to see both Rachel Griffith and Kate Winslet, even if the film was less than satisfactory.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


Dry and a rather borefest, worth watching only for Kate Winslet's naked body.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


meh. It was really sad. the film felt squashed together and I felt that they made things difficult for themselves. It is very hard for me to believe that it would be this hard to be together.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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