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Becoming Jane

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United Kingdom, Ireland · 2007
Rated PG · 2h 0m
Director Julian Jarrold
Starring Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell
Genre Drama, Romance

Despite her parents' plans for her to marry the nephew of wealthy Lady Gresham, Jane Austen is determined to marry for love. When she is introduced to Tom Lefroy, a roguish apprentice lawyer, love is the farthest thing from her mind. However, her inexplicable attraction to the man cannot be ignored...

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Stella Rumble Profile picture for Stella Rumble

Although it may not be factually accurate, as the film is based off just a couple of snippets from Austen's letters to her sister, this film is definitely an enjoyable watch. There is some lovely cinematography and acting, and accepting that much of the story is not super realistic, I would recommend checking out this film.

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Chicago Tribune by

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.


Variety by Derek Elley

An ersatz "Pride and Prejudice" in all but name, Becoming Jane is a finely tooled Brit-lit costumer that, like Anne Hathaway's flawless accent as the young Austen, lacks only that final convincing 5%.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

There are enough similarities between the movie and "Pride and Prejudice" that one could be forgiven thinking this screenplay is Austen lite.


Washington Post by Stephen Hunter

So I expect the Janeites who love the author will feel themselves ill-served by the film, which appears to have even less basis in fact than "Shakespeare in Love." As for the rest of us, the question is simpler: Is it worth the eight bucks?

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