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  • Summary: Becoming Jane is the story of the great, untold romance that inspired a young Jane Austen. Willful and spirited, Jane is not ready to be tied down to anything but her writing. That is until she meets Tom Lefroy, a charming rogue from London who spends more time drinking and socializing than on his law studies. (Miramax Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    If one were to fuse the literary sensibility of Jane Austen with the fanciful imaginative license of "Shakespeare in Love," what would emerge would likely be the charming tale Becoming Jane.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Anne Hathaway's Jane is headstrong and clever, balanced and true.
  3. 67
    But if the notion that Austen was more reactive than creative in her writing is troubling, so is the idea that she needed Lefroy to make her into a great writer. "Experience is vital," he tells her. We should be glad this guy never got his paws on Emily Dickinson.
  4. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    60
    Becoming Jane turns into a presentable Harlequin romance, with hurdle after hurdle succeeded by an eleventh-hour turnaround.
  5. Its weaknesses are clumsy plotting and a less-than-satisfying ending.
  6. The screenplay’s pseudo-Austen tone is so consistent that its lapses into modern romance-novel fantasy threaten to derail the film.
  7. It's neither very original nor very convincing. "Shakespeare in Love" did something similar by casting its writer protagonist as the hero of a story he himself might have written, but Becoming Jane lacks that movie's wit and playfulness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14

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