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Becoming Jane Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 10, 2007
Mostly just a second-rate Jane Austen story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
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
Edward Douglas
August 2, 2007
A painful experience for anyone who gets easily annoyed by the formulaic nature of Austen's writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 2, 2007
Short on emotion.
| Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
August 1, 2007
Slow, boring, and I still know nothing about the real Jane Austen.
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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
Jane Austen did not live the life of Elizabeth Bennett, but even if she had, there was no reason to be this bland in presenting it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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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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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 10, 2007
Becoming Jane becomes a rather ordinary, though sporadically entertaining, game of dress-up.
Peter Sobczynski
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
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 14, 2007
An den to 'heis barethei [to story] tis alles ena ekatommyrio enniakosies peninta ennia hiliades triakosies eikosi dyo fores poy to 'heis ksanadei (i, an den to 'heis ksanadei), magkia soy kai kali diaskedasi, prodomenos de tha bgeis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
August 2, 2007
For people who don't know the rules of cricket or concern themselves with the romantic problems of the upper class, Becoming Jane is far from a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 3, 2007
Another British writer is given the worthy cinematic treatment, complete with an American actress in the title role and sentiment that overwhelms what should be a gritty story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Susan Granger
July 30, 2007
It's a bland, stilted, stuffy costume drama masquerading as a chick flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
July 31, 2007
Unless you have something new to say don't say it all. Lesson learned from yet another Jane Austen re-tread that trots out its tired themes with 18th century goodness.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 24, 2007
The sole pleasure I got was in gazing at the fancy costumes and taking in the lush grounds of the snobby Lady Gresham's estate.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 18, 2008
without a pretext and knowledge of the classic author, much of the richness of this movie got lost
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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