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Becoming Jane Reviews

November 3, 2016
"The reality of love's disappointments enriches the film's heroine, who never married in real life, and brings a 200-year-old figure into living focus."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2007
Not only is that a huge stretch of the facts, it makes for a dull and overly familiar melodrama.
August 10, 2007
Hathaway never makes us think the woman could write anything more complex than a diet book.
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.
August 10, 2007
Becoming Jane becomes a rather ordinary, though sporadically entertaining, game of dress-up.
August 9, 2007
Austen comes off here more as stenographer than writer.
August 7, 2007
The movie goes down easy, but there's a thin line here: is this an homage or a parasite?
August 6, 2007
Clearly embraces the spirit of the beloved novelist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
August 3, 2007
Ponderous, despite a couple of nice performances.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 3, 2007
The director, Julian Jarrold, is comfortable with the material, and it is comfortable with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 3, 2007
Deeply pleasing in a connect-the-literary-dots manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 3, 2007
The story quickly slips into Austen formula.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2007
The mixing of vague historical anecdote and pure Hollywood fantasy don't quite mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 2, 2007
Dilutes one of the loveliest voices in English literature into chick lit.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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-
August 2, 2007
[A] moderately engaging pseudo-Brit-lit piffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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...
Read More | Original Score: C
August 2, 2007
The script's lively, modern points of departure give it a few surprises.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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...
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.
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
August 1, 2007
Becoming Jane is not as good as the best Austen films, but is much better than most mainstream movies on tap.
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.
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%.
March 8, 2007
It's a classy package, all right - just missing the extra spark.