Hathaway never makes us think the woman could write anything more complex than a diet book.
Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, 2007-08-10
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.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2007-08-10
Clearly embraces the spirit of the beloved novelist.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2007-08-06
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, 2007-08-06
The movie has an immense charm that sneaks up on you. Ultimately, it's a delicate ode to love and honor -- and to writing and reading.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2007-08-03
There's a lot to recommend Becoming Jane, particularly the performances. Hathaway does more than survive. If she doesn't seem like a literary genius, she at least seems like a worthy Austen heroine -- intelligent, independent and brave.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2007-08-03
Hathaway is too good an actress not to deliver more than just a grand star turn and she's able to carry the story of Austen's.
Gene Seymour, Newsday, 2007-08-03
The film is still charming enough, both for its performances and its lovely look at Jane Austen's most devoted suitor of all -- a pristine page, begging her attention, wanting nothing but her words.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2007-08-03
Unlike an Austen story, Becoming Jane doesn't suffer from a predictable third act, and the characters aren't quite so schematic.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2007-08-03
Not only is that a huge stretch of the facts, it makes for a dull and overly familiar melodrama.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, 2007-08-14
Becoming Jane becomes a rather ordinary, though sporadically entertaining, game of dress-up.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press, 2007-08-10
Austen comes off here more as stenographer than writer.
Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal, 2007-08-09
The movie goes down easy, but there's a thin line here: is this an homage or a parasite?
David Ansen, Newsweek, 2007-08-07
[McAvoy] and Hathaway simply aren't given much to do together, and they have two long hours to do it in. Screenwriters Kevin Hood and Sarah Williams seem reluctant to risk the ire of Austenites.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2007-08-03
We can't quite shake the feeling we've seen this all done before, and better.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2007-08-03
Ponderous, despite a couple of nice performances.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 2007-08-03