Jane Eyre
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A rather anemic version of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, Focus Film and BBC's Jane Eyre favors atmosphere over strong narrative."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The direction by Cary Fukunaga is real by-the-numbers rote."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"This is no plain Jane."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"An atmospheric, absorbing version of the classic romance between an abandoned, plucky orphan and a wealthy, mysterious older man with a seriously Gothic secret."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Pretty as a postcard -- a postcard of a dark grey, gloomy, windswept moor"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"If Fukunaga and screenplay author Moira Buffini had any new ideas or insight to bring to the well-worn source material, they didn't bother putting it on screen."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"( ... ) a welcome change from Horrible Bosses etc ( ... ) in an age of instant gratification, lessons about the value of solitude for long term benefit still ring true."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"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."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"mporeis na thn entakseis sth lykofwtismenh (i.e. Twilight-oplhkth) biomhxanikh alysida toy Hollywood, paroles tis bretanikes ths sfragides"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"As Jane Eyre proves, you still can't beat a good story."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
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