Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre (1944)

Director Robert Stevenson collaborated with novelist Aldous Huxley and theatrical-producer John Houseman on the screenplay for this 1944 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's gothic romance Jane Eyre. After several harrowing years in an… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 3, 1944
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Stevenson would go on to become Disney's most bankable director (Mary Poppins, The Love Bug, etc.), but don't expect any spoonfuls of sugar here: Jane Eyre is a dark, foreboding film.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's difficult to watch the film without considering aspects of authorship, but if you can, there's a very good film underneath.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Solid, unimaginative version of the book with great cast.

Emanuel Levy

One of the best Hollywood versions of Bronte's classic text, largely due to Orson Welles' powerful performance, dark visuals, and ominous music by yje genius Bernard Herrmann.

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

A well-constructed piece of studio work, with vivid black-and-white cinematography under matte painting skies that creates a turbulent, oppressive mood.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The whole picture seems to fuse a relentless, revisionist Mercury Theater "take" on Jane Eyre to an obvious attempt on the part of Fox to ride the post-Rebecca wave of Gothic romantic mystery.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...that this Jane Eyre is more Orson Welles's movie than co-star Joan Fontaine's or director Robert Stevenson's may be a blessing in disguise.

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Spencer S.
Jane Eyre is a widely filmed adaptation from the Charlotte Bronte book of the same name. It has a story that I can only describe as a meshing of Beauty and the… More
Jeremy Smith
Stevenson's Jane Eyre is the scariest film I have ever seen just ahead of Hitchcock's Psycho. It simply chills the mind and soul to the deepest… More
Aj V
I haven't read the book, but seeing this movie makes me want to read it. Not only is the story fantastic, the acting is great too: Orson welles and Joan… More
William Sleet
A beautiful and gothic masterpiece that is a little under-valued. Welles is surely the benchmark for Rochester - how can anyone come close to matching his… More
jay nixon
Brooding adaptation of the book gets the gothic feeling just right, Fontaine is good as Jane but is overpowered, who wouldn't be, by Orson Welles great… More
xGary Xx
The usual mixture of bonnets and frockcoats, handwringing and staring tearfully in the middle distance you'd expect from an Bronte adaptation. Orson Welles… More