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.

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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
PG-13 (for some thematic elements including a nude image and brief violent content)
Drama , Romance
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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
Jayne Wisener
as Bessie
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
Sally Reeve
as Martha
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
Ben Roberts
as Briggs
Valentina Cervi
as Bertha Mason
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Critic Reviews for Jane Eyre

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (41)

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

This is no plain Jane.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Time Out
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Following his impressive feature debut, Sin Nombre, director Cary Fukunaga has brought his keen eye and humanistic sensibilities to this oft-told story.

September 2, 2011
Top Critic

If the motion-picture industry had existed in 1847, the year Charlotte Brontë's novel appeared, it might have produced an adaptation much like this one.

Full Review… | March 31, 2011
Top Critic

Somehow Wasikowska makes it all seem much more personal, more real. With her stark, starched dresses and blunt, elastic face, she draws you in, making both Jane's pain and incredible resolve tangible.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Detroit News
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An atmospheric, absorbing version of the classic romance between an abandoned, plucky orphan and a wealthy, mysterious older man with a seriously Gothic secret.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Jane Eyre


The production design and costumes are indeed exquisite, as well as the absorbing 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
Carlos Magalhães

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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
Wildaly M

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This movie is why I fell in love with Michael Fassbender. Ask me to marry you, Michael. I'd say, "yes"!

Christian C
Christian C

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