Becoming Jane Reviews

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November 18, 2011
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.
January 12, 2008
A dull exercise in deconstructing Jane Austen's life to provide a life experience basis for her novels.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
August 16, 2007
The film's romantic conventions are not nearly so bright or inspiring as what Austen became, in her own words.
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
Mostly just a second-rate Jane Austen story.
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.
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.
August 10, 2007
Becoming Jane becomes a rather ordinary, though sporadically entertaining, game of dress-up.
August 10, 2007
Becoming Jane attempts to please the purists and the dreamers, but only results in disappointing both.
August 10, 2007
Thank goodness there was a man around to stimulate Jane's creativity! Such is this film's retrograde premise...
August 10, 2007
If only Jane's fictional life had half the wit as what she put on the page.
August 10, 2007
That the film overlooks Austen's imagination becomes understandable when "Becoming Jane" reveals itself to be a rather unimaginative second-rate copy of a Jane Austen novel.
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