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Jane Eyre (2011)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for some thematic elements including a nude image and brief violent content)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Moira Buffini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 16, 2011
Focus Features - Official Site


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 (150) | Top Critics (40)

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.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Duttiful, for the most part adequate and, as far as I can see, it has no compelling reason to exist

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

A rather anemic version of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, Focus Film and BBC's Jane Eyre favors atmosphere over strong narrative.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
We Got This Covered

Pretty as a postcard -- a postcard of a dark grey, gloomy, windswept moor

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Tribune News Service

Thanks to this beautifully crafted treatment, newcomers and veterans will learn something about the past and more than likely a few things (wanted or not) about themselves.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012

The best adaptation of a 19th Century novel, with all the grandiose production design and fussy costumes thereby implied, since Pride & Prejudice all the way back in 2005, if not longer.

Full Review… | December 6, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Jane Eyre


The production design and the costumes are indeed exquisite, as well as the efficient Gothic atmosphere. However, the film lacks passion and mystery, while the dialogue sounds incredibly cheesy and Wasikowska seems too apathetic for the role.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


I liked this adaptation but I didn't find it better than other adaptations for some reason. The cinematography is very good and the acting is not bad but I just didn't see the chemistry between the leads. I think Wasikowska was missing passion from her role.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


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

Jane Eyre Quotes

Edward Rochester: i've a strange feeling with regard to you, as if i had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. and if you were to leave, I'm afraid that cord of communion would snap.
– Submitted by Zeldagne L (3 years ago)
Jane Eyre: My heart is mute.
– Submitted by Ghsln L (3 years ago)
Edward Rochester: What is it? Jane Eyre with nothing to say?
Jane Eyre: Everything seems unreal.
Edward Rochester: I am real enough.
Jane Eyre: You, sir, are the most phantom-like of all.
– Submitted by Emilis M (3 years ago)
Mrs. Fairfax: You're so little acquainted with men. Keep him at a distance.
– Submitted by Miri E (4 years ago)

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