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Jane Eyre (2011)


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 124
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: Cary Fukunaga directs a fiery and elegant adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, and Mia Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever.

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 34
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: Cary Fukunaga directs a fiery and elegant adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, and Mia Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 31,736


Movie Info

Raised by her aunt Sarah (Sally Hawkins) after her parents die of typhus, young Jane Eyre (Amelia Clarkson) is later shipped off to a stark boarding school as the result of her perceived insolence, and suffers greatly at the hands of the cold, unusually strict administration. Upon turning 18 and completing her education, Jane (Mia Wasikowska) finds work as a governess for Adle Varens (Romy Settbon Moore), the ward of Edward Fairfax Rochester (Michael Fassbender), master of Thornfield Hall. It … More

PG-13 (for some thematic elements including a nude image and brief violent content)
Drama , Romance
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Aug 16, 2011
Box Office:
Focus Features - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Jane Eyre

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (124) | Rotten (23) | DVD (6)

Screenwriter Moira Buffini sticks pretty closely to the novel, and director Cary Fukunaga conjures a drab tone that nicely sets off the characters' violent but rigidly controlled passions.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is no plain Jane.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

If the motion-picture industry had existed in 1847, the year Charlotte Brontë's novel appeared, it might have produced an adaptation much like this one.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011
Top Critic

Somehow Wasikowska makes it all seem much more personal, more real. With her stark, starched dresses and blunt, elastic face, she draws you in, making both Jane's pain and incredible resolve tangible.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

An atmospheric, absorbing version of the classic romance between an abandoned, plucky orphan and a wealthy, mysterious older man with a seriously Gothic secret.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

There is not a drab image or a middling performance in the piece. The freewheeling adaptation drops needless scenes and spurs the story ahead with galloping momentum.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A rather anemic version of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, Focus Film and BBC's Jane Eyre favors atmosphere over strong narrative.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
We Got This Covered

Pretty as a postcard -- a postcard of a dark grey, gloomy, windswept moor

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Thanks to this beautifully crafted treatment, newcomers and veterans will learn something about the past and more than likely a few things (wanted or not) about themselves.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012

The best adaptation of a 19th Century novel, with all the grandiose production design and fussy costumes thereby implied, since Pride & Prejudice all the way back in 2005, if not longer.

Full Review… | December 6, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

If Fukunaga and screenplay author Moira Buffini had any new ideas or insight to bring to the well-worn source material, they didn't bother putting it on screen.

Full Review… | November 24, 2011
Film Threat

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Full Review… | November 20, 2011
Movies for the Masses

The direction by Cary Fukunaga is real by-the-numbers rote.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
The Age (Australia)

( ... ) a welcome change from Horrible Bosses etc ( ... ) in an age of instant gratification, lessons about the value of solitude for long term benefit still ring true.

Full Review… | September 17, 2011
Birmingham Mail

As Jane Eyre proves, you still can't beat a good story.

Full Review… | September 14, 2011
Birmingham Post

What is surprising is how vigorous and alive it feels.

Full Review… | September 14, 2011

Wasikowska gives Jane such intensity and intelligence that her relationship with Rochester feels absolutely right and not, for a change, wish-fulfilment fantasy.

Full Review… | September 12, 2011
Movie Talk

This Jane Eyre is a good-looking film, serious, thought through and well acted.

Full Review… | September 11, 2011
Observer [UK]

A time-tested rags-to-riches tale with burning passions and smoldering secrets, spiked with pointed statements about morality, religion and forgiveness.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
American Profile

Elegantly adapted for the screen by Moira Buffini, Jane Eyre condenses the source novel into two hours of yearning and regret.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Liverpool Echo

The new Jane Eyre is notably well-made in almost every respect and should you want to watch an adaptation of the story just now, highly recommendable.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
This is London

Some works of art are inexhaustible, and this is proving one of them.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011

A film which busily ticks off plot points while failing to capture the aching, class-based challenges that presumably formed the backbone of Bronté's book.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Daily Mirror [UK]

A chaste, yet inescapably sexy love story told with depth and passion.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Clothes on Film

The film is decently acted, well photographed and sumptuously costumed - but dry, drab and a little dull.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Daily Mail [UK]

Audience Reviews for Jane Eyre


I liked this adaptation but I didn't find it better than other adaptations for some reason. The cinematography is very good and the acting is not bad but I just didn't see the chemistry between the leads. I think Wasikowska was missing passion from her role.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


This movie is why I fell in love with Michael Fassbender. Ask me to marry you, Michael. I'd say, "yes"!

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Typical "bonnet" drama. Not really my favourite, but not too bad for what it was. Only watched it because it was a free rental. If you like the story, you will probably enjoy this.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


The production design and the costumes are indeed exquisite, as well as the efficient gothic atmosphere. However, the film lacks passion and mystery, while the dialogue sounds incredibly corny and Wasikowska is too apathetic for the role.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Jane Eyre Quotes

Edward Rochester:
i've a strange feeling with regard to you, as if i had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. and if you were to leave, I'm afraid that cord of communion would snap.
– Submitted by Zeldagne L (18 months ago)
Jane Eyre:
My heart is mute.
– Submitted by Ghsln L (2 years ago)
Edward Rochester:
What is it? Jane Eyre with nothing to say?
Jane Eyre:
Everything seems unreal.
Edward Rochester:
I am real enough.
Jane Eyre:
You, sir, are the most phantom-like of all.
– Submitted by Emilis M (2 years ago)
Mrs. Fairfax:
You're so little acquainted with men. Keep him at a distance.
– Submitted by Miri E (2 years ago)
Jane Eyre:
I must respect myself.
– Submitted by Miri E (2 years ago)
Jane Eyre:
If you cherish an affection sir, then fortune alone cannot impede you.
Edward Rochester:
Jane Eyre:
And if the lady is of noble stock and has indicated she may reciprocate...
Edward Rochester:
Jane, of whom do you think I speak?
Jane Eyre:
Of Miss Ingram.
Edward Rochester:
I'm asking of what Jane Eyre would do to secure my happiness.
Jane Eyre:
I would do anything for you sir. Anything that was right.
Edward Rochester:
You transfix me quite.
– Submitted by Lucy S (2 years ago)

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