Becoming Jane Synopsis
Young Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) meets a man (James McAvoy) who inspires her future career.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
If one were to fuse the literary sensibility of Jane Austen with the fanciful imaginative license of "Shakespeare in Love," what would...
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Instead of trying to make Austen's life entertaining by pretending it was just like her work - as in the dull recent French movie "Molière"...
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75

Premiere

Hathaway's proven charms work magic here.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Anne Hathaway's Jane is headstrong and clever, balanced and true.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Becoming Jane has a burnished feminine sadness, and the director, Julian Jarrold, gives it a creamy-dark visual flow.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The way all of this plays out is acted warmly by the principals, and Eigil Bryld's photography (of Ireland) makes England look...
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
We can't quite shake the feeling we've seen this all done before, and better.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
With so many good Austen adaptations out there (the Keira Knightley Pride & Prejudice, the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, Emma Thompson...
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50

Wall Street Journal

Austen comes off here more as stenographer than writer. Worse, the movie has Tom Lefroy as her condescending guide.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Its weaknesses are clumsy plotting and a less-than-satisfying ending.
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A True Love Story

By instantstar
This movie is peaceful, loving well told story. It makes you believe in love and makes you want to fight for love and to stand up to anyone who wants to prevent you from loving who you want to love....

AWESOME!!

By MOVIEMOM26
MY NEW FAV MOVIE! NO FAIRY TALE MAKE BELIEVE STORY LINE. FELT LIKE A REAL GIRL LIVING REAL LIFE WITH ALL THE HARSHNESS. REALLY GOOD MOVIE!!! RECOMMEND TO ALL!!...

have to see

By baddbrenda123456
this movie is gonna rock! if u dont go see it on friday you need to learn something......

Becoming movies with integrity

By susanmbeyer
So glad to see such movies being produced. America's youth is inundated with movies full of violence, sleeze, crude language, romantizing of sex, drugs. My husband and I don't go to R-rated movies...

I wana go see it

By MaggiePL101
I really wana go c this movie I luv chick flick i mean i'm a girl LOL i luv anne hathaway! she was great in the princess diaries 1 and 2 and in he devil wears prada and i'm sure she can pull this off...

Becoming Jane Review

By zeech11
The movie was inspiring. The plot actually started taking twists into directions that I could not even guess what ould happn next. I loved it....

Engrossing if not groundbreaking

By charlesives
Although probably fictional, the movie reveals some tantalizing correspondences between Jane Austen's life and her most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice. Ann Hathaway is charming but not quite up to...

"Did you believe it"

By wthayer210
I am not much of a technical specialist regarding what makes a movie good or bad but a friend told me how to be a good judge of a movie. Simpley statement ;"Did you believe it". I believed...

Profound movie

By Miosdove
I have to say that whenever theres a movie that touch my heart I do tend to have tears running through my eyes, but on this movie it really was different. My all went to this movie and in the end I...

Don't Waste Your Time

By MaliGurl
Anne Hathaway is positively awful and completely miscast. In addition, the direction is slow and pervasive as well as the editing, which clearly reveals the amount of bad scenes that had to be cut out...

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Rated PG | For brief nudity and mild language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ A witty, winning Austen bio for tweens and older.
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