Jane Eyre

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Cary Fukunaga directs a fiery and elegant adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, and Mia Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever.



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Raised by her aunt Sarah (Sally Hawkins) after her parents die of typhus, young Jane Eyre (Amelia Clarkson) is later shipped off to a stark boarding school as the result of her perceived insolence, and suffers greatly at the hands of the cold, unusually strict administration. Upon turning 18 and completing her education, Jane (Mia Wasikowska) finds work as a governess for Adle Varens (Romy Settbon Moore), the ward of Edward Fairfax Rochester (Michael Fassbender), master of Thornfield Hall. It doesn't take long for the young Adle to warm to Jane, and upon returning home the charming Rochester, too, falls under the spell of his modest yet captivating governess. On what was supposed to be the happiest day of Jane's life, however, a scandalous secret is revealed, and the emotionally shattered governess takes flight... ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Mia Wasikowska
as Jane Eyre
Michael Fassbender
as Edward Rochester
Jamie Bell
as St. John Rivers
Judi Dench
as Mrs. Fairfax
Holliday Grainger
as Diana Rivers
Sally Hawkins
as Mrs. Reed
Tamzin Merchant
as Mary Rivers
Imogen Poots
as Blanche Ingram
Su Elliott
as Hannah
Amelia Clarkson
as Young Jane
Craig Roberts
as John Reed
Lizzie Hopley
as Miss Abbot
Freya Wilson
as Eliza Reed
Emily Haigh
as Georgiana Reed
Simon McBurney
as Mr. Brocklehurst
Sandy McDade
as Miss Scatcherd
Freya Parks
as Helen Burns
Edwina Elek
as Miss Temple
Romy Settbon Moore
as Adèle Varens
Rosie Cavaliero
as Grace Poole
Angela Curran
as Undercook
Sophie Ward
as Lady Ingram
Joe Van Moyland
as Lord Ingram
Hayden Phillips
as Colonel Dent
Laura Phillips
as Mrs. Dent
Harry Lloyd
as Richard Mason
Ned Dennehy
as Dr. Carter
Joseph Kloska
as Clergyman Wood
Valentina Cervi
as Bertha Mason
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Critic Reviews for Jane Eyre

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (137) | Rotten (26)

  • Screenwriter Moira Buffini sticks pretty closely to the novel, and director Cary Fukunaga conjures a drab tone that nicely sets off the characters' violent but rigidly controlled passions.

    Dec 13, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The direction by Cary Fukunaga is real by-the-numbers rote.

    Oct 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • The new Jane Eyre is notably well-made in almost every respect and should you want to watch an adaptation of the story just now, highly recommendable.

    Sep 9, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In approaching the material with respect, restraint and simple good taste, Fukunaga has created something strangely revelatory.

    Sep 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This adaptation is balanced, crafted, beautifully acted, though for me without the thunderclap and lightning-bolt of passion.

    Sep 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is no plain Jane.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jane Eyre

  • Jul 27, 2014
    Having not actually read the source material or seen the countless other adaptation of Jane Eyre, one can only judge it based on what it accomplished, and against the genre that it's a part of. As a 19th Century period piece, Jane Eyre is a successful film. It's very well executed at most every level, with excellent production values, world building, compelling performances, and a mostly engaging narrative. I say mostly engaging, as the film does get a bit dull towards the end, with a notable descent in to melancholy. In additoin, there are parts of the film that feel too compact, as is the pitfalls of many films from novels. Yet the heart of the story is a fascinating one, with the film remaining anchored with the character of Jane Eyre, played rather brilliantly by Mia Wasikowska. Her Jane Eyre is one brimming with emotion, complexity, and drive, yet one ever so elegantly restrained with a sort of melancholy venire. Wasikowska conveys this to an amazingly raw extent, giving the film most of its narrative power. Fassbender's Rochester is also a fascinating character, though one could have wanted more from his characterization (his back-story was very unclear). Still, his chemistry with Mia is palpable. The direction is mostly strong, having a solid pace up until the end, when the film seems to slow and meander a bit. We get a sense that with all of the characters on screen, there is a lot to be had, yet the constraints of the medium mean that only certain storylines could be fleshed out. Eyre's later inheritance and uncle is one plot line that was frustratingly glossed over, which is disappointing considering the interesting direction Eyre's character development was taking. Still, with what the film chooses to focus on, it does well. An overall effective piece. 3.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2013
    This movie is why I fell in love with Michael Fassbender. Ask me to marry you, Michael. I'd say, "yes"!
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2013
    Despite some fantastic cinematography and great performances from the two leads, Jane Eyre still wasn't all that interesting to me. However, my problem with it relates to the story, which is in no way the fault of talented director Cary Fukunaga, who creates a gorgeously-rendered adaptation of the book of the same name. Despite my gripes with the story being told, the film rarely if ever devolves into mindless melodrama and will surely satisfy those who enjoyed the book, as this is definitely well-made. Be forewarned though, if you aren't a fan of this sort of 19th century romance story, this adaptation of Jane Eyre isn't likely to change your mind.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2012
    A superb adaptation, with particular praise to the script and the way in which the story is told. The two leads are pitch-perfect, the crisp photography is beautiful in a subtle way and the locations, costumes and design are award worthy. An overlooked gem.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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