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Jane Eyre Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

Double-corseted 19th century action heroine Read full review

4.0

Grae Drake Profile

Ruffled my petticoat! Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    76

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The film never conveys that something larger is at work - like, say, the hand of fate. And without that, there's more busyness than beauty to Brontë.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Fassbender cuts a more prosaic, realistic figure as the tormented, romantic Rochester than did the screen's most celebrated performer of the role, Orson Welles, in the effective 1944 version.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The look of this version may be the finest of the 27 Jane Eyre film and television re-tellings.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Almost everything about Cary Fukunaga's version of the Charlotte Brontë romance is understated yet transfixing, mainly-although far from exclusively-because of Mia Wasikowska's presence in the title role.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Drama based on classic novel is moody, complex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this haunting romantic drama based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel doesn't have any strong sexual content (kissing/embracing is as steamy as it gets), foul language, or graphic violence, but the story at its core is still quite adult. The tale of a young governess -- a role that, in the 19th century, was neither seen as a servant nor as lady of the house, which made for a difficult situation in a class-based society -- who falls in love with her mysterious employer might seem tame by today's standards, but it’s filled with complexities. The film is often somber and sometimes spooky, and some scenes depicting how wayward children were treated in those days may seem downright cruel.

  • Families can talk about the relationship at the core of the story. Is Jane and Rochester's romance right or wrong? How do you think today's society would react to a similar relationship?
  • What is the movie saying about how women and children were treated in the 19th century? Which characters can be considered positive role models?
  • If you've read the book the movie is based on, which do you prefer? Why? If you haven't read the book, does the film make you want to?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie's take-away is that, yes, life can be chillingly, relentlessly difficult, but you have a choice: You can let it defeat you or embolden you. Also, that true love finds its way.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Jane herself is a determined young lady, but for the most part, women and children are treated like chattel in the movie's 19th century setting. It’s very difficult for women like Jane to find someone who will treat them as equals. It’s disheartening to see how men (and other women) approach her and behave toward her; some are dismissive, and others are heartless -- but at least one man is prepared to buck conventions and see her as an equal.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A woman lunges at a man with brute force; he and others have to hold her down. A teenage boy hits a young girl with a book. A headmaster pretty much invites a young girl’s classmates to shun her for supposedly having misbehaved; he humiliates her in public. Talk of how a character commits suicide (jumping to her death).

  • sex false2

    Sex: Passionate embraces and kissing between a young woman and her older male employer. Images (relatively brief) of a painting of a fully naked woman.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Era-accurate social drinking.

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