Becoming Jane
Becoming Jane (2007)

"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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 3, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although Becoming Jane is a well-crafted period piece, it lacks fresh insight into the life and works of Jane Austen. The film focuses too much on wardrobe and not enough on Austen's achievements.

Debbie Day
Premiere Magazine

"The reality of love's disappointments enriches the film's heroine, who never married in real life, and brings a 200-year-old figure into living focus."

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Mike Scott

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.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Not only is that a huge stretch of the facts, it makes for a dull and overly familiar melodrama.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Becoming Jane becomes a rather ordinary, though sporadically entertaining, game of dress-up.

Heather Huntington

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

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Hathaway never makes us think the woman could write anything more complex than a diet book.

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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal

Austen comes off here more as stenographer than writer.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

without a pretext and knowledge of the classic author, much of the richness of this movie got lost

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Drake Tsui
For the most part it feels like I've seen this movie before, but I suppose there are only so many ways you can expect a romance with period-themes to… More
Candy Rose
Ever wondered why Jane Austen wrote about courting but not marriage? Her own life was touched with unfulfilling love. She loved a man but he needed to marry for… More
Conner Rainwater
By no means am I a fan of Jane Austin's work, but I ended up really enjoying this and was surprised at how original its idea is. This doesn't spend… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
Actually, it was a sweet movie, really sweet movie... A love story of one of the greatest authoress in English, Jane Austen, that I will never though that it… More
Cassie Hill
A great movie but I wish that Jane & Tom would've ended up in the end. But great movie! :)
Red Lats
What a pain it was to grow up in the time of Jane Austin. All these rules around gender, class and wealth and having to learn complicated dances. Aren't… More