Becoming Jane (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Becoming Jane (2007)



Critic Consensus: Although Becoming Jane is a well-crafted period piece, it lacks fresh insight into the life and works of Jane Austen. The film focuses too much on wardrobe and not enough on Austen's achievements.

Movie Info

"Becoming Jane," is the story of the great, untold romance that inspired a young Jane Austen, played by Anne Hathaway. Willful and spirited, Jane is not ready to be tied down to anything but her writing. That is until she meets Tom Lefro, a charming rogue from London who spends more time drinking and socializing than on his law studies. The film also stars Julie Walters, James Cromwell and Maggie Smith. It is written by Sarah Williams and Kevin Hood, and directed by Julian Jarrold.more
Rating: PG (for brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Sarah Williams, Kevin Hood
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 12, 2008
Box Office: $18.6M
Miramax Films - Official Site


Anne Hathaway
as Jane Austen
James McAvoy
as Tom Lefroy
Julie Walters
as Mrs. Austen
James Cromwell
as Rev. Austen
Maggie Smith
as Lady Gresham
Joe Anderson (VI)
as Henry Austen
Lucy Cohu
as Eliza De Feuillide
Laurence Fox
as Mr. Wisley
Ian Richardson
as Judge Langlois
Anna Maxwell-Martin
as Cassandra Austen
Leo Bill
as John Warren
Eleanor Methven
as Mrs. Lefroy
Jessica Ashworth
as Lucy Lefroy
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
as Robert Fowle
Guy Carleton
as Coachman
Russell Smith (VII)
as Second Coachman
Philip Culhane
as George Austen
Helen McCrory
as Mrs. Radcliffe
Gina Costigan
as Caroline
Sophie Vavasseur
as jane Lefroy
Chris McHallem
as Mr. Curtis
Don Doherty
as Michael Patric
Tom Maguire
as Miscreant
Lynda Lee
as Soprano
Donal O'Farrell
as Black Bob
Russell Smith
as Second Coachman
Anna Maxwell Martin
as Cassandra Austen
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Critic Reviews for Becoming Jane

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (43)

With a spot-on accent and altogether charming performance, Hathaway makes another convincing statement that she has grown, as a woman and as an actress.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

Director Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots) struck a unique and lovely tone, managing to maintain a conventional Merchant-Ivory type look but successfully infusing it with some rather modern humor--Hathaway and McAvoy verbally sparring like an 18th century Trac

Full Review… | August 22, 2008

without a pretext and knowledge of the classic author, much of the richness of this movie got lost

Full Review… | August 18, 2008
7M Pictures

Even though it looked great and was moderately engaging, something was also always missing.

Full Review… | February 19, 2008

...there's a feeling with Becoming Jane that we have seen it all before.... Many times.

Full Review… | February 11, 2008
Movie Metropolis

A dull exercise in deconstructing Jane Austen's life to provide a life experience basis for her novels.

Full Review… | January 12, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Becoming Jane

For the most part it feels like I've seen this movie before, but I suppose there are only so many ways you can expect a romance with period-themes to unfold.

Not saying the script lacks sophistication but you'd also expect more verbally exhausting dialogue in a movie that pays homage to Austen. Pleasantly enough it doesn't overwrite us with conceit but at the same time fans of her novels might be disappointed.

Most of the highlights are the subtle humor and watching McAvoy verbally duel things out with Hathaway; unfortunately both of these aspects die out of the film half way through.

In the end it does the job without becoming an annoying blatant analysis of her literature but barely holds the viewers attention long enough to care for her somewhat generic "life experiences". If this weren't fiction it makes you wonder why there aren't more legendary authors running about.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer


By no means am I a fan of Jane Austin's work, but I ended up really enjoying this and was surprised at how original its idea is. This doesn't spend the majority of its running time using inside jokes about Austin's work or make it about her work at all. This focuses on the life of Jane Austin and her inspiration. Unsurprisingly, it's Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy that are the main attractions with their great performances. If you are a fan of either, it's enough to watch the movie. However, I really got pulled into the story and excellent blend of the "period piece" genre that made it seem genuine and not cheesy.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

A great movie but I wish that Jane & Tom would've ended up in the end. But great movie! :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

Becoming Jane Quotes

Jane Austen: Could I really have this?
Tom Lefroy: What, precisely?
Jane Austen: You.
– Submitted by Siti B (3 years ago)
Tom Lefroy: What value will there be in life if we are not together? Run away with me.
Jane Austen: An elopement?
Tom Lefroy: That is exactly what I propose.
– Submitted by Cathy D (4 years ago)
Jane Austen: No sensible woman would demonstrate passion, if the purpose were to attract a husband.
– Submitted by Nita S (4 years ago)

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