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, 2011-12-13
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, 2011-03-25
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, 2011-03-24
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, 2011-03-24
By opening their movie with the mature Jane, the filmmakers forge an emotional bond between her and the audience.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011-03-24
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, 2011-03-24
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, 2011-03-18
Anyone who savours shades of grey will have a feast.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2011-03-18
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, 2011-03-18
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, 2011-03-17
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, 2011-03-17
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, 2011-03-17
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, 2011-03-17
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, 2011-03-17
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, 2011-03-16
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, 2011-04-01
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, 2011-03-18
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, 2011-03-17
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, 2011-03-15