Therefore, I probably wasn't predisposed to like Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. And I didn't, especially in view of the fact that the film is missing the few things I liked about the book. The movie completely foregoes Austen's wry treatment of the Gothic-with-a-capital-G, and much of the over-the-top melodrama has been cut from the film. This movie should have been quite funny, and I would have enjoyed it if it had felt at all like a parody.
Unfortunately, the screenplay was treated with too much solemnity (despite the brief forays into Catherine Morland's private fantasies) and the movie was ultimately boring. It deserves the five-and-a-half stars (out of ten) that IMDB users have given it.