Becoming Jane Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 14, 2007
Not only is that a huge stretch of the facts, it makes for a dull and overly familiar melodrama.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 10, 2007
Hathaway never makes us think the woman could write anything more complex than a diet book.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 10, 2007
This never rises above a date movie, but it's functionally literate (the lovers have some pleasant banter about the realistic merits of Tom Jones) and features a fine supporting turn from Ian Richardson.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 10, 2007
Becoming Jane becomes a rather ordinary, though sporadically entertaining, game of dress-up.
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 9, 2007
Austen comes off here more as stenographer than writer.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 7, 2007
The movie goes down easy, but there's a thin line here: is this an homage or a parasite?
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 6, 2007
Clearly embraces the spirit of the beloved novelist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 6, 2007
Once you admit that the Jane Austen depicted onscreen bears scant relation to any person named Jane Austen, living or dead, the film fulfills its purpose.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 4, 2007
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 3, 2007
[McAvoy] and Hathaway simply aren't given much to do together, and they have two long hours to do it in. Screenwriters Kevin Hood and Sarah Williams seem reluctant to risk the ire of Austenites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 3, 2007
The movie has an immense charm that sneaks up on you. Ultimately, it's a delicate ode to love and honor -- and to writing and reading.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 3, 2007
There's a lot to recommend Becoming Jane, particularly the performances. Hathaway does more than survive. If she doesn't seem like a literary genius, she at least seems like a worthy Austen heroine -- intelligent, independent and brave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 3, 2007
Hathaway is too good an actress not to deliver more than just a grand star turn and she's able to carry the story of Austen's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 3, 2007
The film is still charming enough, both for its performances and its lovely look at Jane Austen's most devoted suitor of all -- a pristine page, begging her attention, wanting nothing but her words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 3, 2007
Unlike an Austen story, Becoming Jane doesn't suffer from a predictable third act, and the characters aren't quite so schematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 3, 2007
We can't quite shake the feeling we've seen this all done before, and better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 3, 2007
Ponderous, despite a couple of nice performances.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 3, 2007
The film seduces. Beautifully produced, from production design and costumes to music and performances, it's also faithful to the genteel spirit and repressed passions for which she's known.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 3, 2007
Explains Austen's art simply and neatly: too simply, in fact, to do justice to such a brilliant observer of social manners and hypocrisies and weaver of complex, romantic moral tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 3, 2007
This 'haven't we seen this before?' sensibility is anything but a downside. It's the draw of director Julian Jarrold's good-looking, entirely pleasant revel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 3, 2007
The director, Julian Jarrold, is comfortable with the material, and it is comfortable with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 3, 2007
Deeply pleasing in a connect-the-literary-dots manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 3, 2007
A triumph for Anne Hathaway, who brings to the young Jane the same jittery wide-eyed intensity she displayed in The Devil Wears Prada along with a secure British accent. She and Mr. McAvoy inject a keen intelligence into the couple's verbal jousts.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 3, 2007
The story quickly slips into Austen formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2007
The mixing of vague historical anecdote and pure Hollywood fantasy don't quite mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 2, 2007
Dilutes one of the loveliest voices in English literature into chick lit.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 2, 2007
Was Austen really a smarter, feistier Carrie Bradshaw in more sensible shoes, longing for love even as she failed to hang onto it? Becoming Jane would have been more honest if it had been called No Sex in the Country.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 2, 2007
Becoming Jane has its felicities...McAvoy and Hathaway work well together despite being saddled with dialogue that is not remotely in Austen's league. But then again, what is?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2007
[A] moderately engaging pseudo-Brit-lit piffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 2, 2007
After the invigorating cinematic brio of 2005's Pride And Prejudice, it's disheartening to see the Austen brand retreat back into Costume Drama 101...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 2, 2007
The script's lively, modern points of departure give it a few surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Annemarie Moody
Arizona Republic
August 2, 2007
...a beautifully directed film from Julian Jarrold that draws as much strength from the depiction of the 18th-century English countryside (Ireland, actually) as from the performances of Anne Hathaway as Austen and James McAvoy as Tom Lefroy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 2, 2007
Has a burnished feminine sadness, and the director, Julian Jarrold, gives it a creamy-dark visual flow.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 2, 2007
For realism's sake, Jarrold checks in with the usual muddy hems, misty green fields and chickens clucking underfoot. And if youâ(TM)re an Austen reader you can have an okay time just playing I-Spy Pride and Prejudice...
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 2, 2007
If Becoming Jane is a little light in the head, it gives Anne Hathaway a chance to show herself off more delightfully than she did in The Devil Wears Prada.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 2, 2007
Unfortunately, lead actress Anne Hathaway is not suited to the role. Her Jane doesn't seem like the main character in her own story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 1, 2007
Becoming Jane is not as good as the best Austen films, but is much better than most mainstream movies on tap.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 23, 2007
Anne Hathaway has learned to ease up on the mugging and let us come to her. She's no Jane Austen, but she's got the gumption of an Austen heroine.
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 12, 2007
A finely tooled Brit-lit costumer that, like Anne Hathaway's flawless accent as the young Austen, lacks only that final convincing 5%.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 8, 2007
It's a classy package, all right - just missing the extra spark.