I understand where some of the criticisms have arisin from, but as a film in itself it's beautiful. I have not encountered a more accurate version than the 5 hour long epic produced by the BBC, and I don't believe I ever will. That said, I don't think I wish to see another "accurate" adaptation. I love how the writers (including the gifted and uncredited Emma Thompson) took the risk of straying from Austen's words to inject a little more passion and brilliance into the film. I don't know how but the characters seem to bounce off the screen, they are so lively. I would not rate one actor's portrayal over another's but I will state that they are played differently here and it's "soo refreshing". See this film for what it is and, as hard as it may be, stop making comparisons to other adaptations or you may be disappointed.
This film is wonderful, lively, romantic, and beautifully shot and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance.
*Word of Caution: You may find yourself hopelessly in love with Matthew McFadyen afterwards and to that I say...join the club.