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Becoming Jane Reviews

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Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
August 22, 2007
There's something refreshingly spare and rough-hewn about this big-screen experience.
| Original Score: A
August 18, 2007
If you're a Jane Austen fan, your sense and sensibility will demand you check this out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 17, 2007
The central idea in Becoming Jane is that "Pride and Prejudice" may have been autobiographical. Not a bad idea, except that the film plays more like a new adaptation of that book than as an outright examination of Austen's inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 17, 2007
... it seems uncharitable to deny poor Jane Austen this chaste, hypothetical affair
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 16, 2007
The film's romantic conventions are not nearly so bright or inspiring as what Austen became, in her own words.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 14, 2007
Take Jane out of the equation -- replace her with any of your basic period-piece-romantic-costume-drama heroines -- and you're left with mere trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
August 14, 2007
While Becoming Jane is too much of a prologue to the writing Austen, it is an impeccably crafted imagining of a young woman seeking love at a time when women were so often 'better than their circumstances.'
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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.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 10, 2007
Mostly just a second-rate Jane Austen story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
August 10, 2007
Think of this scenario as a smart, witty, well-acted romance novel that has sprung to life on the big screen with some restraint and a decent amount of dignity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 10, 2007
Taken as speculative fiction, it is thoroughly satisfying.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
August 10, 2007
Early on, a character remarks that "Wit is the most treacherous talent of all" and based on the evidence contained within, the minds behind "Becoming Jane" are among the least treacherous people that you are likely to meet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
August 10, 2007
Hathaway delivers a fine British accent and high spirits as Austen.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
August 10, 2007
Although the film does eventually give up its referential conceits, it comes far too late in the game to salvage any real emotional investment in the characters or their plight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 10, 2007
Becoming Jane becomes a rather ordinary, though sporadically entertaining, game of dress-up.
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
August 10, 2007
Becoming Jane attempts to please the purists and the dreamers, but only results in disappointing both.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 10, 2007
Thank goodness there was a man around to stimulate Jane's creativity! Such is this film's retrograde premise...
| Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 10, 2007
If only Jane's fictional life had half the wit as what she put on the page.
| Original Score: 2/4
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