'Becoming Jane' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   139 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Has a burnished feminine sadness, and the director, Julian Jarrold, gives it a creamy-dark visual flow.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    A triumph for Anne Hathaway, who brings to the young Jane the same jittery wide-eyed intensity she displayed in The Devil Wears Prada along with a secure British accent. She and Mr. McAvoy inject a keen intelligence into the couple's verbal jousts.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    The very idea of Jane Austen with a broken heart may be thought vulgar and pedantic by her modern readers, and the way the story pans out is not convincing.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    Clearly embraces the spirit of the beloved novelist.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    If Becoming Jane is a little light in the head, it gives Anne Hathaway a chance to show herself off more delightfully than she did in The Devil Wears Prada.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    Deeply pleasing in a connect-the-literary-dots manner.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    63
    We can't quite shake the feeling we've seen this all done before, and better.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joanne Kaufman Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Austen comes off here more as stenographer than writer.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    This 'haven't we seen this before?' sensibility is anything but a downside. It's the draw of director Julian Jarrold's good-looking, entirely pleasant revel.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Anne Hathaway has learned to ease up on the mugging and let us come to her. She's no Jane Austen, but she's got the gumption of an Austen heroine.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The director, Julian Jarrold, is comfortable with the material, and it is comfortable with him.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    [A] moderately engaging pseudo-Brit-lit piffle.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Dilutes one of the loveliest voices in English literature into chick lit.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Annemarie Moody Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    ...a beautifully directed film from Julian Jarrold that draws as much strength from the depiction of the 18th-century English countryside (Ireland, actually) as from the performances of Anne Hathaway as Austen and James McAvoy as Tom Lefroy.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Becoming Jane is not as good as the best Austen films, but is much better than most mainstream movies on tap.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Derek Elley Variety (Top Critic)
    A finely tooled Brit-lit costumer that, like Anne Hathaway's flawless accent as the young Austen, lacks only that final convincing 5%.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Unlike an Austen story, Becoming Jane doesn't suffer from a predictable third act, and the characters aren't quite so schematic.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    The script's lively, modern points of departure give it a few surprises.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    [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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    The story quickly slips into Austen formula.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Was Austen really a smarter, feistier Carrie Bradshaw in more sensible shoes, longing for love even as she failed to hang onto it? Becoming Jane would have been more honest if it had been called No Sex in the Country.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    Unfortunately, lead actress Anne Hathaway is not suited to the role. Her Jane doesn't seem like the main character in her own story.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
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