Has a few token thunderstorm-on-the-moors scenes but lacks a grand, mythological design. The movie is choppy and prosaic.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A splendid example of how to tackle the daunting duty of turning a beloved work of classic literature into a movie.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
In its superbly spare execution, the newest adaptation of Jane Eyre is both faithful to Charlotte Bronte's classic and distinctively original.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
While qualifying as the most gorgeously appointed and finely detailed version of the novel so far, still lacks the element of essential fire to make it come fully, even subversively, to life.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
This is one of the better Jane Eyres I've seen onscreen, a conception that forsakes movie-groomed glamour for a plainer, less compromised beauty.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Using Bronte's text as the basis for an inquiry into free will versus servitude, Fukunaga mounts a subtly shaded, yet emotionally devastating, examination of what it really means to choose one's own way.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
Though there's enough to admire intellectually here, every "Jane Eyre" should also deliver some emotional swoons.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Ms. Wasikowska works with economical purity within the novel's 19th-century English setting. Jane's personal power seems entirely her own, rather than some anachronistic notion of self-empowerment.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Fukunaga's superbly executed direction and careful staging speak very rarely, and yet say so much.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
It captures the elemental Bronte passions yet again.
David Denby - New Yorker
Mia Wasikowska, from Australia, is a relative newcomer who must essentially carry "Jane Eyre," and succeeds with restraint, expressing a strong moral compass.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
To no one's surprise, the story still works like Gothic gangbusters, thanks in part to reliable back-court support from Judi Dench (as Mrs. Fairfax) and Sally Hawkins (as Jane's venal guardian).
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Screenwriter Moira Buffini sticks pretty closely to the novel, and director Cary Fukunaga conjures a drab tone that nicely sets off the characters' violent but rigidly controlled passions.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
By opening their movie with the mature Jane, the filmmakers forge an emotional bond between her and the audience.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
There is not a drab image or a middling performance in the piece. The freewheeling adaptation drops needless scenes and spurs the story ahead with galloping momentum.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Somehow Wasikowska makes it all seem much more personal, more real. With her stark, starched dresses and blunt, elastic face, she draws you in, making both Jane's pain and incredible resolve tangible.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Beauty, along with a sense of mystery, is what audiences expect in a Gothic romance, and Fukunaga delivers with carefully composed shots of austere landscapes and shadowy Victorian opulence.
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
You gotta hand it to Charlotte Bronte. One hundred and sixty-four years since she gave hyperkinetic Victorian schoolgirls their first sleepless nights, she's pulling them in all over again.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
The candlelight flickers exquisitely even as the passions are slow to ignite in this spare, shrewdly acted but not especially vital retelling of Jane Eyre.
Justin Chang - Variety
After 160 years, this is a story that still grips the heart and the mind.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Luminous in The Kids are All Right and Alice in Wonderland, Wasikowska makes drab seem rad in director Cary Fukunaga's insightful rendering of Bronte's gothic love story, a new classic version of this oft-told tale.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Following his impressive feature debut, Sin Nombre, director Cary Fukunaga has brought his keen eye and humanistic sensibilities to this oft-told story.
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
Anyone who savours shades of grey will have a feast.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Cary Joji Fukunaga has very likely surpassed all previous cinematic versions of "Jane Eyre."
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Wasikowska is the revelation here -- her wary, intelligent face tells us volumes about this abused but unbowed young woman. But the small roles are also beautifully cast.
Dana Stevens - Slate
A better barometer for the necessity of Cary Fukunaga's film, however, might be its less-than-literate box office competition. Applying that consideration, maybe we do need this Jane Eyre after all.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Young stars shine in gritty, low-key version of the Bronte perennial.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Bring tissues. You've been warned.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Cary Joji Fukunaga has reanimated a classic for a new generation, letting 'Jane Eyre' resonate with terror and tenderness.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Duttiful, for the most part adequate and, as far as I can see, it has no compelling reason to exist
A rather anemic version of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, Focus Film and BBC's Jane Eyre favors atmosphere over strong narrative.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
Pretty as a postcard -- a postcard of a dark grey, gloomy, windswept moor
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Thanks to this beautifully crafted treatment, newcomers and veterans will learn something about the past and more than likely a few things (wanted or not) about themselves.
S. James Wegg - JWR
The best adaptation of a 19th Century novel, with all the grandiose production design and fussy costumes thereby implied, since Pride & Prejudice all the way back in 2005, if not longer.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
If Fukunaga and screenplay author Moira Buffini had any new ideas or insight to bring to the well-worn source material, they didn't bother putting it on screen.
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The direction by Cary Fukunaga is real by-the-numbers rote.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
( ... ) a welcome change from Horrible Bosses etc ( ... ) in an age of instant gratification, lessons about the value of solitude for long term benefit still ring true.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
As Jane Eyre proves, you still can't beat a good story.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
What is surprising is how vigorous and alive it feels.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Wasikowska gives Jane such intensity and intelligence that her relationship with Rochester feels absolutely right and not, for a change, wish-fulfilment fantasy.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
This Jane Eyre is a good-looking film, serious, thought through and well acted.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
A time-tested rags-to-riches tale with burning passions and smoldering secrets, spiked with pointed statements about morality, religion and forgiveness.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Elegantly adapted for the screen by Moira Buffini, Jane Eyre condenses the source novel into two hours of yearning and regret.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
The new Jane Eyre is notably well-made in almost every respect and should you want to watch an adaptation of the story just now, highly recommendable.
David Sexton - This is London
Some works of art are inexhaustible, and this is proving one of them.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
A film which busily ticks off plot points while failing to capture the aching, class-based challenges that presumably formed the backbone of Bronte's book.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
A chaste, yet inescapably sexy love story told with depth and passion.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
The film is decently acted, well photographed and sumptuously costumed - but dry, drab and a little dull.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
I doubt anyone's going to fall in love with this version but it's a commendable addition to the canon that does a good job of condensing the story.
- Daily Express
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Those craving gloomy stairways and thunderclap atmospherics might not come away completely sated, but Fukunaga's delicate artistry leaves it hard to ask for much more.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
In approaching the material with respect, restraint and simple good taste, Fukunaga has created something strangely revelatory.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
This adaptation is balanced, crafted, beautifully acted, though for me without the thunderclap and lightning-bolt of passion.
This is no plain Jane.
David Jenkins - Time Out
Wasikowska probably won't win an Oscar because the strength of her performance lies in just how unassuming it is - but she should.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
Impressively directed, beautifully shot and superbly written, this is a hugely enjoyable, achingly romantic period drama with terrific performances from Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
There's no question it's stunningly mounted, and Wasikowska makes a much stronger Jane than Alice, but the romance is overripe and the climax underdone.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
The end result is a decent adaptation of a hopelessly uninvolving novel, with the movie's minor success due almost entirely to Fukunaga's striking directorial choices and Wasikowska and Fassbender's magnetic performances.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A bold choice of director, striking visuals and a Rochester to rival Orson Welles' ensures this doesn't feel like just one more highbrow period piece or stodgy great-book adap.
Neil Smith - Total Film
The slow-boiling romance convinces thanks to Wasikowska and Fassbender's unwavering seriousness and commitment to selling the story. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
... this new incarnation embraces the Gothic gloom and lonely isolation of the novel but, like its stoic, strong heroine, never gives in to the darkness.
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
Fukunaga takes his time with Jane Eyre - a rare trait of any book-to-film adaptation - and at no point does it feel like he's simply ticking off the relevant plot points.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The story is a little too compact at times but the exquisite performance of Mia Wasikowska makes this film stand out.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Far from being a worthy and stodgy literary adaptation, Jane Eyre is a passionate and romantic love story that feels as fresh as it must have done when Bronte originally wrote it.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Acclaimed director Cary Fukunaga brings his vision to Moira Buffini's screenplay, which while faithful to Bronte's 1847 novel, has in part changed the story's structure. The resulting fine film envelopes us with the power of its imagery and sombre mood
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Mia's marvellous but no plain Jane in Bronte melodrama.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
The colors and compositions recall the haunting beauty of Jane Campion's The Piano, which found a similar tension between the wilderness and a highly mannered society.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
All the ingredients are there in this captivating film.
Marcy Dermansky - About.com
Heartaching and heartbreaking, and resolute in its even-keeled feminism.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Ruffled my petticoat!
Grae Drake - Movies.com
A somber yet fiery adaptation of the classic Charlotte Bronte novel with sterling performances by leads Mia Wasikowska ('Alice in Wonderland') and Michael Fassbender.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
A spooky, sexy, streamlined adaptation.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Shooting in the Midlands, director Cary Joji Fukunaga conjures an authentically mysterious/beautiful milieu, while scripter Moira Buffini preserves the elaborately polite (however menacing) and formal language that is one of the novel's chief delights
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Respectful to the novel.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A blueprint for sexual harassment in the workplace in that time period.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
A good, solid, worthy version of the story, but in one key respect it falls short of its potential.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Refined, elegant, and just a little bit too tame to capture the simmering passion of the original...Still, among the features based on the book, it stands quite high.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Beyond being a great new interpretation of a classic novel, Jane Eyre is a superb second feature from Fukunaga, a director who's on track to becoming a major contemporary filmmaker.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Its style of filmmaking is infused with a contemporary vibe that reflects its protofeminist themes while emphasizing the chillier aspects of the ghost story.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
It's not a failure, it's just not a revelation worthy of a revisit.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
(The movie) lacks the larger-than-life emotional grandeur that the gothic romance is supposed to elicit.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Admirable attempt - but this modernist, non-linear interpretation totally lacks a formidable leading man.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
This may be the most psychologically dangerous film version yet of Charlotte Bronte's novel.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
It's not warm, it's not fuzzy, it's not cuddly, but its plenty seriously heartbreaking and it's got the feeling of a classic already.
Dave White - Movies.com
With strong performances and striking, well-conceived visuals, in Fukunaga's hands Bronte's tale of love and woe becomes one well worth repeating.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
If the motion-picture industry had existed in 1847, the year Charlotte Bronte's novel appeared, it might have produced an adaptation much like this one.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Fukunaga's interpretation takes great pains to accurately capture the period in its language and costumes.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Little sunshine allowed here, with the feature finding fertile dramatic ground in pained expressions and gut-rot frustration; however, in Fukunaga's capable hands, there's undeniable beauty in all the misery and turmoil.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The film ... retains the book's strongest message as a proto-feminist tract, underlining Jane's strength and defiance.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
Beautiful, elegant and creepy! It's an adaptation worth your time.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
It's quite a good film, and well-worth seeing even if you don't normally go for this type of thing.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
...this is a Victorian age stripped of its romanticism. In its stead is passion
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The Eyre/Rochester romance has inspired happy sighs for 160 years and in these days, when so little is repressed that no one makes time for smolder, it still delivers.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Given the superb acting, the few sparkling rounds of wordplay, and the gothic haunts that amp up the wilder aspects of the drama, this beautifully-shot Jane stands among the best of its gazillion versions.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Wasikowska and Fassbender are wonderful together. They have a joking flirtiness that seems just right for a time when public kissing would have been as off-limits as public nudity today.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Jane Eyre is a sumptuous, transcendent melodrama-it feels more tragic, more authentic and more alive than ever before. It rings true with the most important critic of all, our heart.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
An atmospheric, absorbing version of the classic romance between an abandoned, plucky orphan and a wealthy, mysterious older man with a seriously Gothic secret.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Is it dreary, stingy and strained? Well, yes: it's "Jane Eyre," after all. But it's also robust and full-blooded and forceful: it's "Jane Eyre," after all.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Our belief in the relationship keeps us invested in "Eyre" even as its dated gender/class ideas test (sometimes too much) our 21st-century sensibilities, and the story rolls out its gothic hooey.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Fukunaga performs a quantum leap from tense, topical actioners to sedate prestige productions.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
True aficionados will doubtless wish the film etched every aspect of the Bronte experience but that's a quibble in light of the movie's intoxicating charms. It's impossible not to fall in love with this Jane.
Karen D'Souza - San Jose Mercury News
Can a film be true to a classic literary source and still seem fresh? The answer is yes, and the proof is the new adaptation of Jane Eyre.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
What is the one image you remember from reading Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre? Got it? Well, it's missing from this latest adaptation.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Jane Eyre is like having oatmeal for breakfast - it's good for you but rather plain and unexciting.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Passable yet unimaginative, a by the numbers re-do of a classic hard to mess up.
Cary Fukunaga's feverishly soulful remake of the multiply remade Jane Eyre rises to most challenges -- not the least of which is making Mia Wasikowska, a golden child of current cinema, look homely.
Ella Taylor - NPR
There may be some two dozen other TV and film versions at your disposal, but this new Jane Eyre, from director Cary Fukunaga, is a must-see proposition.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
When [Wasikowska and Fassbender] come face to face - his light eyes burning white heat, her porcelain neck quivering beneath his possessive grip - the atmosphere is explosive.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
Fukunaga's adaptation is often superficial and overwrought, fussy about costumes and pre-Raphaelite compositions. But his cast is fabulous for the most part, especially the leads.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Wasikowska and Fassbender deliver the fight, the dialogue and the melodramatic plot twists.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Fukunaga does more than most to flesh out her days with Rivers and his sisters. He keeps Bronte's theme of religious repression ever present, and he still finds time to watch Jane quietly as she cuts flowers and thinks.
Jeffrey Gantz - Boston Phoenix
A handsome production. It plays the novel's beats with a special kind of dexterity.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Careful, respectful and even enjoyable, and yet dry, singularly humorless and played without the lavishness of spirit that makes sense of Gothic melodrama.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Feels strikingly unnecessary. Why watch the same tale spun for a tenth time when you could be watching one of the previous nine?
Some of us are "Jane Eyre" addicts, and the new movie version directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga gives us just the right fix.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Multiple men demonstrate extreme, sudden affection for Jane. This, apparently, is what happens when there are only two women in a village and one is Judi Dench.
Matt Pais - RedEye
It has passion all right -- in the stylistics. Those star-crossed love birds Jane and Rochester are no match for the tracking shots and throbbing violins.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
It's really strange, this whole weird gothic romance going on and then you turn in into the most kind of distanced, blase material imaginable.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
There is a ready-made audience out there and....may even attract a new generation of fans for [Charlotte] Bronte's classic.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It marks a vivid return to a world defined by antiquated social mores and timeless emotions.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
With spellbinding romantic performances by Wasikowska and Fassbender as her elusive love, some guys might find this slow, but I was completely blown away.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Although Jane Eyre wants for the depth of passion and heat we might expect from this Gothic couple who feel united in their souls, this film can boast a wealth of attention given to other visual and narrative details.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Some wonderful parts in the novel are crudely truncated; other, oft-omitted material is added without adding very much.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Anchored by Wasikowska's intens[ity], dreams and flashbacks...maximize her unbending quest for freedom [and] to choose who to love...[P]assion comes through look and sound.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
The lush beauty, poetic storytelling and fresh, vibrant performances from a wonderful cast makes this Jane Eyre one of the most mesmerizing, relevant retells yet seen.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Drama based on classic novel is moody, complex.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Lovers of Charlotte Bronte's classic will luxuriate in the spooky Gothic atmosphere, but the film's pallid Jane fails to nail a character who changed how women view themselves.
Erica Abeel - Film Journal International
you can almost see the text exploding with energy as the actors bring it to life... which is why audiences will find themselves enchanted, even perhaps swooning in 'Jane Eyre.'
Todd Gilchrist - Cinematical
This particular screen version never generates a lot of heat or intrigue
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Watching Jane Eyre, I envied those who have never read the book: What would it be like to watch this movie without already knowing all of the story's secrets? Miraculously, Fukunaga preserves much of the book's spooky mysteriousnes.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
There is no dust or pretension here, just a great story impeccably shot and acted, and a film impossible to shake.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
I loved the last theatrical adaptation of this classic back in 1996, but Fukunaga's version had me falling in love all over again.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Fukunaga's take on Bronte's gloomy vision of class, religious austerity, and the most closely guarded chambers of the heart needs no contrasting or comparisons to earn its rightful praise
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
Cary Joji Fukunaga's romantic thriller Jane Eyre is to19th-century literature what Black Swan is to ballet: a thoroughly cinematic, occasionally exhilarating reimagining of a repertoire standard.
John P. McCarthy - Boxoffice Magazine
The sad fact is, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre just doesn't make for appealing cinema.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Proto-feminist or merely her own instinctive person, withholding or giving with equal resolve, Mia Wasikowska's restrained Jane is among those to remember.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Will we remember this Jane Eyre any more fondly than the last feature or the inevitable next miniseries? Does it even matter? Bronte's novel will surely outlast them all.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
An inventive and fertile screen adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The film builds to a shattering climax that works precisely because all involved fully embrace the melodrama. Be sure to bring Kleenex.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Wasikowska is flawless, complex, the most self-possessed Jane ever, and Fassbender the most romantic Rochester in a glorious film that embraces Bronte's wildest emotions.
Caryn James - James on screenS
A spare, visually foreboding and well acted adaptation of one the mainstays of high school reading lists that nonetheless struggles to consistently or cathartically dramatically connect.
Brent Simon - Screen International
[VIDEO] The alchemy of its ensemble performances present a tart dose of melancholy romance. Only those young at heart need apply.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Despite the well-trod dramatic territory of Bronte's classic, Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender stand out amid the windswept moors and woeful secrets.
Bill Weber - Slant Magazine
Wasikowska's Jane is as watchful as only a damaged soul can be, and, when challenged, frighteningly fast.
The acting of the two leads, Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska, is the best element of this stark, spare, sporadically involving version of Bronte's classic novel.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com