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Jane Eyre (2011)

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84

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

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.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 5

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.

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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

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Drama, Romance

Aug 16, 2011

$11.2M

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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.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This is no plain Jane.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (2)
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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.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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An atmospheric, absorbing version of the classic romance between an abandoned, plucky orphan and a wealthy, mysterious older man with a seriously Gothic secret.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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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.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A rather anemic version of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, Focus Film and BBC's Jane Eyre favors atmosphere over strong narrative.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

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

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: JWR

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.

December 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

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November 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

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

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
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.

September 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

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

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

What is surprising is how vigorous and alive it feels.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

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

September 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

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

September 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

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

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
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.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

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.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

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

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Clothes on Film
Clothes on Film

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

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Comments (7)
Daily Mail [UK]

Audience Reviews for Jane Eyre

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.
March 7, 2013
romy861

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.
August 2, 2012
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

If you are in the mood for a sprawling Brit romance type film taking place in a bygone age, you could do worse than this latest version of Jane Eyre.

From the beginning I was taken in by the wonderful photography and use of light and shade as a young adult woman is fleeing from some kind of English manor house. If you are unfamiliar with Bronte's classic tale you may wonder about this apparent "escape", and perhaps even if you ARE familiar you may not recognize that this woman is Jane, for the book is much more linear, starting out with youth, not years later as in this case.

Director Cary Fukunga does a nice job of easing you into the story, and while the film takes its time (I reflected that I was watching Masterpiece Theater), it allows for some very nice bits of photo cinema.

Couple the wonderful scenery and terrific use of shadow and light with a memorable performance by Mia Wasikowski in the lead and you have a film that, while perhaps a bit dry and melodramatic for some, still has much to recommend. I suppose it is a given that this creaky Victorian novel will have some serious roll your eyes moments, and perhaps the "romance" aspects of the story don't quite gel in this production (it all seems rather staid, but that could be befitting the times - still I would have liked to have been more invested in the characters and the romance). That I did not feel more invested is not the fault of the two actors involved (though Michael Fassbender runs hot and cold in this - ably fleshing out his character but occasionally stumbling over some of the more unbelievable lines). No, I believe that the source material is the culprit as it allows a certain "humanity" aspect of the budding romance, but still seems a bit disconnected from the physical side of things.

Further accenting this fault is the fact that not one, but two gents fall for our Jane. The second, a preacher of some sort goes totally off the rails going from being a "brother" to Jane one minute, to a suitor the next. It's this type of action that immediately broke the film's mood and made me think "Victorian Romance Novel" in all caps!

There are several supporting characters here, but none really stand out other than Dame Judi Dench as the head housekeeper. Fortunately Fukunga was smart enough to know what he had, so makes sure that Ms. Dench has plenty of screen time - and the film is the better for it.
July 24, 2012
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paul sandberg

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Cary Fukunaga's adaption of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre is the antidote to the rut the countless TV versions fall into. Every ccomponentof the book has been mmeticulouslytranslated to screen, from set and costumes to the performances and photography. Every scene is rich with texture and context, Cary Fukunaga is a film maker to look out for and should be the go to man for classic adaption from now on - I'd be happy to see his version over most.
July 17, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

    1. 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 (11 months ago)
    1. Jane Eyre: My heart is mute.
    – Submitted by Ghsln L (20 months ago)
    1. Edward Rochester: What is it? Jane Eyre with nothing to say?
    2. Jane Eyre: Everything seems unreal.
    3. Edward Rochester: I am real enough.
    4. Jane Eyre: You, sir, are the most phantom-like of all.
    – Submitted by Emilis M (21 months ago)
    1. Mrs. Fairfax: You're so little acquainted with men. Keep him at a distance.
    – Submitted by Miri E (2 years ago)
    1. Jane Eyre: I must respect myself.
    – Submitted by Miri E (2 years ago)
    1. Jane Eyre: If you cherish an affection sir, then fortune alone cannot impede you.
    2. Edward Rochester: Yes.
    3. Jane Eyre: And if the lady is of noble stock and has indicated she may reciprocate...
    4. Edward Rochester: Jane, of whom do you think I speak?
    5. Jane Eyre: Of Miss Ingram.
    6. Edward Rochester: I'm asking of what Jane Eyre would do to secure my happiness.
    7. Jane Eyre: I would do anything for you sir. Anything that was right.
    8. Edward Rochester: You transfix me quite.
    – Submitted by Lucy S (2 years ago)
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