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 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
February 11, 2008
...there's a feeling with Becoming Jane that we have seen it all before.... Many times.
October 22, 2007
A witty, winning Austen bio for tweens and older.
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 8, 2007
An enjoyable appetizer, albeit for a meal that one could argue already has far too many courses.
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.
August 29, 2007
A smart film about manners, money and marriage, "Becoming Jane" offers a fictional glimpse at the all-too-brief life of author Jane Austen.
August 25, 2007
Captures that certain romantic Jane Austen-esque spirit.
August 22, 2007
Becoming Jane may fudge the facts, but it finds the more compelling emotional truth.
August 22, 2007
There's something refreshingly spare and rough-hewn about this big-screen experience.
August 18, 2007
If you're a Jane Austen fan, your sense and sensibility will demand you check this out.
August 17, 2007
... it seems uncharitable to deny poor Jane Austen this chaste, hypothetical affair
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.
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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