Becoming Jane
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"Becoming Jane," is the story of the great, untold romance that inspired a young Jane Austen, played by Anne Hathaway. Willful and spirited, Jane is not ready to be tied down to anything but her writing. That is until she meets Tom Lefro, a charming rogue from London who spends more time drinking and socializing than on his law studies. The film also stars Julie Walters, James Cromwell and Maggie Smith. It is written by Sarah Williams and Kevin Hood, and directed by Julian Jarrold.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hews frustratingly to the middle of the road."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"With a spot-on accent and altogether charming performance, Hathaway makes another convincing statement that she has grown, as a woman and as an actress."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Even though it looked great and was moderately engaging, something was also always missing."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"A witty, winning Austen bio for tweens and older."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Not only is that a huge stretch of the facts, it makes for a dull and overly familiar melodrama."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Becoming Jane becomes a rather ordinary, though sporadically entertaining, game of dress-up."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Director Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots) struck a unique and lovely tone, managing to maintain a conventional Merchant-Ivory type look but successfully infusing it with some rather modern humor--Hathaway and McAvoy verbally sparring like an 18th century Trac"
‑ Heather Huntington,
"...there's a feeling with Becoming Jane that we have seen it all before.... Many times."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"An den to 'heis barethei [to story] tis alles ena ekatommyrio enniakosies peninta ennia hiliades triakosies eikosi dyo fores poy to 'heis ksanadei (i, an den to 'heis ksanadei), magkia soy kai kali diaskedasi, prodomenos de tha bgeis."
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Hathaway never makes us think the woman could write anything more complex than a diet book."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Austen comes off here more as stenographer than writer."
‑ Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
"without a pretext and knowledge of the classic author, much of the richness of this movie got lost"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A dull exercise in deconstructing Jane Austen's life to provide a life experience basis for her novels."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"You'll enjoy it if you're the artistic, romantic type who can be seated for 120 minutes without CGI or anything getting blown up."
‑ Adam Fendelman,
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