Becoming Jane Reviews

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January 31, 2021
An affecting portrait, in a Masterpiece Theatre kind of way, of the early years of one of the world's most beloved authors.
August 23, 2018
Its surface is plausible enough, and Hathaway's performance is persuasive enough, for us to indulge in the delusion that we're actually encountering the famously elusive Jane Austen.
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."
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
August 14, 2009
With a spot-on accent and altogether charming performance, Hathaway makes another convincing statement that she has grown, as a woman and as an actress.
August 22, 2008
Director Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots) struck a unique and lovely tone, managing to maintain a conventional Merchant-Ivory type look but successfully infusing it with some rather modern humor--Hathaway and McAvoy verbally sparring like an 18th century Trac
August 18, 2008
without a pretext and knowledge of the classic author, much of the richness of this movie got lost
February 19, 2008
Even though it looked great and was moderately engaging, something was also always missing.
February 11, 2008
...there's a feeling with Becoming Jane that we have seen it all before.... Many times.
January 12, 2008
A dull exercise in deconstructing Jane Austen's life to provide a life experience basis for her novels.
October 22, 2007
A witty, winning Austen bio for tweens and older.
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.
September 20, 2007
You'll enjoy it if you're the artistic, romantic type who can be seated for 120 minutes without CGI or anything getting blown up.
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.
September 8, 2007
An enjoyable appetizer, albeit for a meal that one could argue already has far too many courses.
September 7, 2007
The squeaky clean love story of Jane Austen fails to make hay of either women's liberation or the miracle of creative writing, sticking to lush estates and courtly costume finery instead
September 5, 2007
Fails to capture either the sprightly spirit and poignant pathos of its subject's famous works.
September 2, 2007
Becoming Jane takes a stab at being a historical romance in the vein of Shakespeare in Love, but something key is missing.
September 1, 2007
Anne Hathaway does a perfectly acceptable, enchanting job of playing Jane.
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