Saw this movie in the theater with my mom. I enjoyed the story. She enjoyed the dishes. We saw the same screen but totally different movies. Other family note; my cousin-in-law in Cincinnati thinks this is the worst movie he has ever seen. My thoughts are different. I thought it was very good.
The secret to this movie (and all of Jane Austen's stories) is the very understated love story. It's present and we can see the effect, but everything is turned inward. Emma Thompson is the key figure in this story. After falling in love early with a man who can't express his own feelings to her, she's left in a terrible spot. Obviously in love, but not allowed to admit it. The screws are tightened later when she's told that her love has secretly proposed to another. Told by his fiance. And sworn to secrecy so she can't even get the release of comfort from her mother and sisters. Thompson does this very well and was rewarded with a best actress nominee.
Kate Winslet also merits mentioning for her job as the middle sister. Very romantic with a flair for the dramatic. She learns a terrible lesson about listening only to her heart. The lesson? Never trust pretty people. They're rotten at heart.
Enjoyed the music as well. Especially the song given to Winslet near the end of the movie. A Very good movie.