• Network: BBC-1 , BBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 100
    Even if you know Jane Eyre, you don't know her like this.
  2. Scene after scene transports viewers across time and space to a place made vivid and real. By doing all this, the robust, two-part, four-hour "Masterpiece Theatre" program raises the bar for future "Jane Eyre" productions to a level that will not be easily hurdled.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Moore
    88
    Love, betrayal, despair, redemption, reconciliation. All of the elements expected of any epic love story are included. The distinction here: The story is splendidly retold.
  4. It's far more beautiful than its predecessors.
  5. Reviewed by: Jim Heinrich
    80
    The casting is close to perfect.... This production of "Jane Eyre" holds its own against any other.
  6. The casting of the leads is a bit disappointing.
  7. 60
    Ever respectful of its source, the miniseries doesn't add on sexuality so much as it seeks and finds character depth and dimensionality.
  8. A more than usually steamy "Jane Eyre," it seems to have been made especially to appeal to viewers whose week peaks with "Grey's Anatomy." ... And yet, despite these passages, the production overall comes off as a little dry and dutiful.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. AriM
    Feb 6, 2007
    6
    I almost wonder if I watched the same thing everyone else did! Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books, but everything I really love about it seemed largely diminished or missing from this production. The only really interesting thing I found was the portrayal of the ward, Adele. Though she is not exactly a central character of the book, she stole every scene she was in. I was only hoping she wouldn't be annoying, but she was actually endearing and entertaining. Unfortunately, jane Eyre wasn't. Full Review »
  2. AliceW
    Jan 22, 2007
    2
    I am so disappointed in this version that I hardly know where to begin. Jane's childhood and time at Lowood are raced through at such a frantic pace that there's no time for character development. The production adds things that never happened , changes those that did, and dwells on the relatively unimportant (Rochester's affair with the Adele's mother) at the expense of the more crucial events. Dialogue is "updated" and watered-down, and neither of the main characters resembles Bronte's description. This is not at all a "faithful retelling." Viewers' time would be better spent going back to the Timothy Dalton version or, better yet, reading the book. Full Review »
  3. CharlotteC.
    Sep 7, 2007
    10
    I have read the novel three times and seen four different movie versions. This is a truly amazing representation. It shows passion and detail like none of the others. Rochester captures the personality and stirs the viewers emotion as the rough but inwardly loving man. A stellar presentation and I could go on and on. Full Review »