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About the Movie

A young couple's stormy romance scandalizes English society in this acclaimed adaptation of Jane Austen's classic love story. Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds of the Royal Shakespeare Company are the star-crossed lovers, Anne and Wentworth, whose passion is thwarted by a scheming socialite. Eight years later, when Anne is considered an old maid and her once-rich family is on the verge of bankruptcy, Wentworth returns. Will their second chance at love be ruined by the social conventions that destroyed it once? Or will the heart be persuaded by rules of its own? Adding flirtatious fun to Austen's irresistible romance, Persuasion takes your breathe away! A dazzling five-star feast.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film offers the same pleasures as an Austen novel, as the audience sinks into a comforting, orderly world where life-shattering disruptions are handled with elegant ease. – Caryn James, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Vanessa Redgrave has never been more likable on screen than in her buoyantly athletic turn here. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Persuasion is proof that the most repressed love stories can have the sweetest payoff. Like Anne herself, the movie reveals its wonders slowly. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Feb 26, 2018

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Customer Reviews

An absolutely fabulous movie

My favorite Jane Austen movie adaptation. From the moment the movie begins Ann's sadness and remorse is felt and shared. It is superbly acted and a delight to watch. If you like stories that touch your heart and movies built around characters and plot then please do yourself a favor and watch this movie.

I want to rent this!

When are you guys going to rent Austen movies? I have been waiting ages for Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Emma. Please hurry it along!

Beautiful and unforgettable movie!

You will find this movie to be as good as it gets, in terms of quality entertainment. The acting is superb from all of the cast and I have enjoyed it each time I have watched it a little more. My oldest daughter wants to own this movie and I will be sure she does! As a 42 year old man, I found Amanda Root's portrayal of Anne to be the most mezmerizing, unforgettable performance I have ever seen from a female actress in a movie. I find myself thinking about scenes of this movie again and again. What an absolutely lovely woman! As Anne's fortunes change for her, she becomes more and more beautiful and portrays a woman that no man could forget. Very well done! The only thing that would have made this movie better would have been for it to be much longer.