Becoming Jane Reviews

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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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 3, 2007
We can't quite shake the feeling we've seen this all done before, and better.
August 3, 2007
Ponderous, despite a couple of nice performances.
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.
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