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

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
    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.
User Score

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
    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
    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
    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 »