Box art for Becoming Jane

Becoming Jane

comedy, romance


Meet twentyish Jane Austen: in loveand on a path that would lead her to Pride and Prejudice. Anne Hathaway plays romantic, observant Jane in a cinematic imagining of her life.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    57%
  • Audience Score
    74%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5

A witty, winning Austen bio for tweens and older.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is a delightful exercise in imagination. No one truly knows whether Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy shared a grand passion, but the movie makes a great case for it. It's a romantic, often funny tale that tweens and teens will enjoy, though there are parts that could prove dicey for younger audiences, including a sexual interlude between Jane's parents and a brazen flirtation between an older woman and a younger man. (The banter may also go a little too fast for them to understand.) The language is sometimes complicated for younger audiences ("impecunious"), but it's fairly innocuous, except for one expletive ("s--t").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Tom's uncle thinks Jane isn't worthy of marriage and why they couldn't simply decide to be together. What standards were in place at the time? Do these requirements seem cruel or unjust?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    57%
    reviews counted: 28
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  • Audience

    74%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Once you admit that the Jane Austen depicted onscreen bears scant relation to any person named Jane Austen, living or dead, the film fulfills its purpose.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, August 6, 2007

Fresh:

- Bob Mondello, NPR.org, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten: Becoming Jane becomes a rather ordinary, though sporadically entertaining, game of dress-up.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Friday, August 10, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A great movie but I wish that Jane & Tom would've ended up in the end. But great movie! :)

- movieguru12, Tuesday, March 1, 2011

4 stars

By no means am I a fan of Jane Austin's work, but I ended up really enjoying this and was surprised at how original its idea is. This doesn't spend the majority of its running time using inside jokes about Austin's work or make it about her work at all. This focuses on the life of Jane Austin and her inspiration. Unsurprisingly, it's Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy that are the main attractions with their great performances. If you are a fan of either, it's enough to watch the movie. However, I really got pulled into the story and excellent blend of the "period piece" genre that made it seem genuine and not cheesy.

- ythelastman89, Monday, March 28, 2011

3 stars

For the most part it feels like I've seen this movie before, but I suppose there are only so many ways you can expect a romance with period-themes to unfold. Not saying the script lacks sophistication but you'd also expect more verbally exhausting dialogue in a movie that pays homage to Austen. Pleasantly enough it doesn't overwrite us with conceit but at the same time fans of her novels might be disappointed. Most of the highlights are the subtle humor and watching McAvoy verbally duel things out with Hathaway; unfortunately both of these aspects die out of the film half way through. In the end it does the job without becoming an annoying blatant analysis of her literature but barely holds the viewers attention long enough to care for her somewhat generic "life experiences". If this weren't fiction it makes you wonder why there aren't more legendary authors running about.

- fb535316333, Saturday, June 4, 2011