Jane Eyre Movie Reviews

Jane Eyre has been filmed many times — 22, according to IMDB.com. Some were made-for-TV versions; others, standard motion pictures. Each one has unique strengths and weaknesses.

Seeing the 2011 Jane Eyre film inspired me to view many earlier ones and compose a set of Jane Eyre movie reviews, to compare their relative successes (and failures) in bringing Bronte's vision to the screen.

I prefer movies that stay close to the letter and spirit of Charlotte Bronte's book — that deftly present the tale's primary aspects, and a fair number of secondary ones, without inventing ill-advised new scenes. However, fidelity to the author's vision is not my only basis for rating films; for instance, I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy immensely, despite some regrettable story alterations. Acting skill, believability of sets and costumes, and consistency of story line all contribute to the impressions I record here.

Visit the Summaries page for an overview of all my Jane Eyre movie reviews, or use the menu at left to find the detailed reviews of specific films.