I'll be honest - in my opinion, this TV film by the BBC is worth around 4 or 4 1/2 stars. However, the inexplicably negative single review already on amazon.co.uk for this title has prompted me to even things out a little.
I have read George Eliot's novel, and subsequently found the film highly faithful to the spirit of the original text. If this fidelity means that the adaptation is measured and thoughtful rather than action-packed and mindless, then so be it. The performances of the cast are uniformly moving and absorbing, particularly Emily Watson in the title role of the heroine. Her portrayal is subtle, nuanced and deeply felt, pre-dating her breakthrough performance in Breaking the waves.