Jane Eyre

DVD - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Jane Eyre
When orphaned governess Jane Eyre arrives at imposing Thornfield Hall, she's intrigued by her brooding, wealthy employer, Rochester. His dark moods and the strange occurrences in the house lead her to discover a terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever.


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There is no such thing as the definitive Jane Eyre but this one will do very nicely. A mini-series is better than a film as it can keep so much more of the book in it. Ruth Wilson makes a nicely plain albeit very pretty Jane and Toby Stephens (son of Maggie Smith) does very well as Rochester.

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Mar 08, 2015
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the best film version of this beloved novel, yet. I think it reaches the quality of the Ehle/Firth BBC version of "Pride and Prejudice" as far as satisfying the reader in an adaptation. I thought Wasikowska was outstanding in showing Jane's determined, stubborn, proud and independent spirit, and that Fassbender was an excellent Rochester. Rounded out with Jamie Bell as a very good St John Rivers, and Dame Judi as Mrs. Fairfax. For the record, my daughter prefers the Rochester of Toby Stephens in the BBC miniseries.

Feb 15, 2015
  • tomdance rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Directed with somber historical realism, this version of Jane Eyre features great actors enraptured in a wistful romance threatened by a foreboding secret; their passions seem naturally contained by conventions of the era. Particularly great are the admirable self-respect portrayed by Mia's Jane, and Fassbender's impulsive, complicated, yet appealing character.

Feb 11, 2015
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'm not a huge fan of "Jane Eyre" or British period pieces, but I thought this one succeeded by not being boring and casting strong actors in the lead roles: Mia Wasikowska (who played another iconic Victorian heroine, Alice), Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, who also directed "True Detective," which couldn't be much more different in terms of content. Great use of landscape. Watch out for that madwoman in the attic!

Nov 19, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have never read the book and really enjoyed the movie. Performances were good and the story is excellent. A nice time piece movie.

Oct 24, 2014
  • Sanrin rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful interpretation of Jane Eyre, with a strong cast, moody, windswept settings, and a keen eye for period detail. Mia is thin enough to look like an impoverished orphan/governess, but it was sometimes difficult to see the characters for the well known actors portraying them. Michael Fassbinder looks the part of Mr. Rochester, but he somehow felt distant, and I couldn't quite believe the passionate connection between him and Jane, even though I wanted to. But despite these small distractions, it is an excellent movie and well worth the watch.

Jul 25, 2014

This is a rather dull version of the Bronte novel. I thought both lead actors were mediocre, and the script was lacking in explication. Several key plot points were left out or skimmed over. The book is one of my favorites, but this movie was bo - o - ring.

May 07, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

You know how too much of a good thing can be bad... personally that sums up this film for me. I adore Mia Wasikowska, love Michael Fassbender. And Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorite stories. I don't know why this didn't work... but wow. At least not for me.

May 03, 2014
  • modelmalina rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading the book. I enjoyed the movie even more. It was done well and the cast was great. Will more then likely watch it again. Great storyline.

Apr 07, 2014
  • xeta rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In my humble opinion, I feel that Mia Wasikowska who was in "Alice in Wonderland" is not suitable for this Jane role. Her facial expression seems to show displeasure and fear when Jane is supposed to be expressionless and brave mixed with curiosity and adventurousness.

Also, too bad, the first half of the story development was not seamless. A few more minutes would have sufficed this.

Apr 04, 2014
  • LadySugar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the story of Jane Eyre. This is the 2nd version I watched and it was moving! I wish there were more movies as brilliant as this!

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Jan 14, 2015
  • Dieu_D rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Am I a machine with out feelings? Do you think that because I am poor, plain, obscure, and little that I am souless and heartless? I have as much soul as you and full as much heart. And if God had possessed me with beauty and wealth, I could make it as hard for you to leave me as I to leave you... I'm not speaking to you through mortal flesh. It is my spirit that addresses your spirit, as it passes throguh the grave and stood at God's feet equal. As we are.

Jun 17, 2013
  • marcellmurray rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Jane! Jane!! Jane!!!!!"

Jun 13, 2013
  • marcellmurray rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"She's like a mad cat! I never seen a girl with so much cover."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rochester: "Were you happy when you painted these?" Jane Eyre: "Yes. To paint is one of the keenest pleasures I have ever known." Rochester: "Then your pleasures have been few. Are you satisfied with them?" Jane Eyre: "Far from it. I imagine things I'm powerless to execute."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rochester: "Do you never laugh, Miss Eyre? Only rarely, perhaps. But you're not naturally austere, any more than I'm naturally vicious. I can see in you the glance of a curious sort of bird through the close-set bars of a cage, a vivid, restless, captive. Were it but free, it would soar, cloud high."


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Apr 12, 2012
  • jayblock rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Elegantly told and the cinematography is extraordinary.

Aug 12, 2011
  • SMCK01 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Very creditable job of actually following the book. Toby Stephens is the yummiest Rochester ever. Well acted, though Adele is more irritating than charming -- fortunately, her appearances are rare and brief. And for once, Jane is, as described by Charlotte Bronte, plain and small.


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