Excerpt: Along with Jennifer Coolidge playing her usual eccentric self, touches like the exaggerated, bounding manner with which Lady Heartwright (Georgia King) walks and a random visit from one of Nelly’s greatest hits try too hard and clash with the more refined humor that comes naturally with the setting.
Excerpt: When Russell and Feild are together, we get hints of Austenland’s potential as a skewed, modern-day version of a Jane Austen story. Unfortunately, Hess and company weren’t nearly as interested in Austen as they were in a thousand other boring romantic comedies.
Excerpt: The writer-director’s labored sensibility might have been ill-matched with the author’s fond sense of humor. But, for the most part, a silly-sweet tone and likable cast carry it far enough to the status of a pleasantly goofy, featherweight trifle.