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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 socializingBecoming 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. 75
    The way all of this plays out is acted warmly by the principals, and Eigil Bryld's photography (of Ireland) makes England look breathtakingly green and inviting. The director, Julian Jarrold ("Kinky Boots" and the TV version of "White Teeth") is comfortable with the material, and it is comfortable with him.
  3. It's movie-making as match-making.
  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. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    50
    The solid cast and honest Austen scholarship make Becoming Jane fitfully entertaining. But it's hard for the film to escape the shadow of Austen's superior talent when it filches so much from her books.
  6. The screenplay’s pseudo-Austen tone is so consistent that its lapses into modern romance-novel fantasy threaten to derail the film.
  7. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    40
    In fictionalizing the story of Austen, the filmmakers didn’t go far enough. Becoming Jane attempts to please the purists and the dreamers, but only results in disappointing both.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. JaredC
    Aug 3, 2007
    10
    how could the critics not like this movie.
  2. DonM.
    Sep 9, 2007
    10
    A literate script, great actors at their peak, lovely to look at, a plot (!) - who could ask fro more from a date at the movies???
  3. MarF.
    Jan 1, 2009
    10
    love it. It's so sad to think that Jane Austen wrote in her novels the happy ending she could't have in real life.
  4. G-RadA.
    Sep 3, 2007
    7
    A spectacular cast and dazzling picture.
  5. ChadS.
    Feb 18, 2008
    6
    According to "Becoming Jane", Austen(Anne Hathaway) wrote canonical literature for the same reason that other women read disposable romantic According to "Becoming Jane", Austen(Anne Hathaway) wrote canonical literature for the same reason that other women read disposable romantic pap, to add a little spice to their sexless prosaic lives. Since "Becoming Jane" imitates the storyline for Austen's "Sense & Sensibility", the screenwriter intimates that the celebrated novel was a barely concealed memoir. In this sense, "Becoming Jane" has a patriarchal sensibility, by its very suggestion that Austen's calling card to the ether was a pioneering example of "me"-lit. Happy endings were par for the course in Austen novels; as was her life, a happy ending indeed, if professional success could be measured by a barometer. Although "Becoming Jane" provides a seemingly objective ending about the synchronicity between career and family, the camera sees what the rhetorical screenwriter sees, that a published novel is no match indeed for a naked hand, which tips the scales in favor of family, which makes Austen's life an unqualified failure. "Becoming Jane" leads the viewer to believe that Jane became a famous writer almost by default. Intentional or not, the film aligns itself with the spirit of the times; that a barefoot and pregnant woman is better than a witty, ironical one. Expand
  6. gus
    Sep 3, 2007
    6
    The English in this is very proper, the manners -for the most part - beyond reproach, and the locales heavenly bosky and wind-swept, if you The English in this is very proper, the manners -for the most part - beyond reproach, and the locales heavenly bosky and wind-swept, if you are into that kind of thing. But the story is a wee bit modernized, plagued by a number of themes that were cribbed from weekday afternoon soap operas rather than the heady and trying plots of Austen. Of course, there are the requisite parallels in this parade of characters to those in Austen's stories, but they are faint, marrowless reproductions. Still, I loved it and recommend it. Expand
  7. ChrisB.
    Aug 14, 2007
    0
    Jane Austen sucks ass. Romance movies suck ass. A romance movie about Jane Austen exemplifies so much ass-sucking that the makers of this Jane Austen sucks ass. Romance movies suck ass. A romance movie about Jane Austen exemplifies so much ass-sucking that the makers of this movie are risking causing the universe to implode in on itself. I think that represents my feelings. Expand

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