Becoming Jane Reviews
A triumph for Anne Hathaway, who brings to the young Jane the same jittery wide-eyed intensity she displayed in The Devil Wears Prada along with a secure British accent. She and Mr. McAvoy inject a keen intelligence into the couple's verbal jousts.
The film seduces. Beautifully produced, from production design and costumes to music and performances, it's also faithful to the genteel spirit and repressed passions for which she's known.
This never rises above a date movie, but it's functionally literate (the lovers have some pleasant banter about the realistic merits of Tom Jones) and features a fine supporting turn from Ian Richardson.
...a beautifully directed film from Julian Jarrold that draws as much strength from the depiction of the 18th-century English countryside (Ireland, actually) as from the performances of Anne Hathaway as Austen and James McAvoy as Tom Lefroy.