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Jane Eyre Reviews

December 13, 2011
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.
September 7, 2011
This is no plain Jane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 2, 2011
Following his impressive feature debut, Sin Nombre, director Cary Fukunaga has brought his keen eye and humanistic sensibilities to this oft-told story.
April 1, 2011
If the motion-picture industry had existed in 1847, the year Charlotte Brontė's novel appeared, it might have produced an adaptation much like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 25, 2011
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 | Original Score: A-
March 24, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2011
There is not a drab image or a middling performance in the piece. The freewheeling adaptation drops needless scenes and spurs the story ahead with galloping momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 24, 2011
By opening their movie with the mature Jane, the filmmakers forge an emotional bond between her and the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2011
True aficionados will doubtless wish the film etched every aspect of the Brontė experience but that's a quibble in light of the movie's intoxicating charms. It's impossible not to fall in love with this Jane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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March 18, 2011
Cary Fukunaga's feverishly soulful remake of the multiply remade Jane Eyre rises to most challenges -- not the least of which is making Mia Wasikowska, a golden child of current cinema, look homely.
March 18, 2011
While qualifying as the most gorgeously appointed and finely detailed version of the novel so far, still lacks the element of essential fire to make it come fully, even subversively, to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2011
Anyone who savours shades of grey will have a feast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
Beauty, along with a sense of mystery, is what audiences expect in a Gothic romance, and Fukunaga delivers with carefully composed shots of austere landscapes and shadowy Victorian opulence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 17, 2011
Careful, respectful and even enjoyable, and yet dry, singularly humorless and played without the lavishness of spirit that makes sense of Gothic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 17, 2011
Some of us are "Jane Eyre" addicts, and the new movie version directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga gives us just the right fix.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2011
This is one of the better Jane Eyres I've seen onscreen, a conception that forsakes movie-groomed glamour for a plainer, less compromised beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2011
To no one's surprise, the story still works like Gothic gangbusters, thanks in part to reliable back-court support from Judi Dench (as Mrs. Fairfax) and Sally Hawkins (as Jane's venal guardian).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2011
Luminous in The Kids are All Right and Alice in Wonderland, Wasikowska makes drab seem rad in director Cary Fukunaga's insightful rendering of Brontė's gothic love story, a new classic version of this oft-told tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2011
Mia Wasikowska, from Australia, is a relative newcomer who must essentially carry "Jane Eyre," and succeeds with restraint, expressing a strong moral compass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2011
A better barometer for the necessity of Cary Fukunaga's film, however, might be its less-than-literate box office competition. Applying that consideration, maybe we do need this Jane Eyre after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2011
It has passion all right -- in the stylistics. Those star-crossed love birds Jane and Rochester are no match for the tracking shots and throbbing violins.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 14, 2011
It captures the elemental Brontė passions yet again.
March 12, 2011
Some wonderful parts in the novel are crudely truncated; other, oft-omitted material is added without adding very much.
March 11, 2011
Wasikowska is the revelation here -- her wary, intelligent face tells us volumes about this abused but unbowed young woman. But the small roles are also beautifully cast.
March 11, 2011
Though there's enough to admire intellectually here, every "Jane Eyre" should also deliver some emotional swoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 11, 2011
Cary Joji Fukunaga has very likely surpassed all previous cinematic versions of "Jane Eyre."
March 11, 2011
After 160 years, this is a story that still grips the heart and the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2011
A splendid example of how to tackle the daunting duty of turning a beloved work of classic literature into a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 10, 2011
In its superbly spare execution, the newest adaptation of Jane Eyre is both faithful to Charlotte Brontė's classic and distinctively original.
March 10, 2011
Ms. Wasikowska works with economical purity within the novel's 19th-century English setting. Jane's personal power seems entirely her own, rather than some anachronistic notion of self-empowerment.
March 10, 2011
Cary Joji Fukunaga has reanimated a classic for a new generation, letting 'Jane Eyre' resonate with terror and tenderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2011
The sad fact is, Charlotte Brontė's Jane Eyre just doesn't make for appealing cinema.
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 10, 2011
Bring tissues. You've been warned.
March 9, 2011
Has a few token thunderstorm-on-the-moors scenes but lacks a grand, mythological design. The movie is choppy and prosaic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 9, 2011
You gotta hand it to Charlotte Brontė. One hundred and sixty-four years since she gave hyperkinetic Victorian schoolgirls their first sleepless nights, she's pulling them in all over again.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2011
The film builds to a shattering climax that works precisely because all involved fully embrace the melodrama. Be sure to bring Kleenex.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2011
Using Brontė's text as the basis for an inquiry into free will versus servitude, Fukunaga mounts a subtly shaded, yet emotionally devastating, examination of what it really means to choose one's own way.
March 8, 2011
Fukunaga's superbly executed direction and careful staging speak very rarely, and yet say so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 7, 2011
Wasikowska's Jane is as watchful as only a damaged soul can be, and, when challenged, frighteningly fast.
March 4, 2011
Young stars shine in gritty, low-key version of the Bronte perennial.
March 4, 2011
The candlelight flickers exquisitely even as the passions are slow to ignite in this spare, shrewdly acted but not especially vital retelling of Jane Eyre.