212 user 286 critic

Jane Eyre (2011)

2:12 | Trailer
A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.


Cary Joji Fukunaga


Charlotte Brontë (novel), Moira Buffini (screenplay)
2,415 ( 516)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Wasikowska ... Jane Eyre
Jamie Bell ... St John Rivers
Su Elliot Su Elliot ... Hannah (as Su Elliott)
Holliday Grainger ... Diana Rivers
Tamzin Merchant ... Mary Rivers
Amelia Clarkson ... Young Jane
Craig Roberts ... John Reed
Sally Hawkins ... Mrs. Reed
Lizzie Hopley Lizzie Hopley ... Miss Abbot
Jayne Wisener ... Bessie
Freya Wilson ... Eliza Reed
Emily Haigh ... Georgiana Reed
Simon McBurney ... Mr. Brocklehurst
Sandy McDade ... Miss Scatcherd
Freya Parks ... Helen Burns


After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meets the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever? Written by Mel Bellis in the U.K.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She sought refuge... and found a place haunted by secrets.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements including a nude image and brief violent content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Director Cary Joji Fukunaga wanted a scene to illustrate how much Mr. Rochester's (Michael Fassbender's) presence at Thornfield Hall disrupted the lives of its permanent residents, so he wrote the dinner scene, in which Mrs. Fairfax (Dame Judi Dench), Jane (Mia Wasikowska), and Adèle Varens (Romy Settbon Moore) try to carry on a conversation while Mr. Rochester fires a gun right outside the window. This scene does not take place in the novel, and in this movie's commentary, Fukunaga claims it was the only original scene written for the movie. See more »


At one point, Jane tells Adèle to come with her and refers to Adèle as "Madame" rather than the proper form of "Mademoiselle" which is used for a young, unmarried girl. See more »


Jane Eyre: I have lived a full life here. I have not been trampled on. I have not been petrified. I have not been excluded from every glimpse that is bright. I have known you, Mr. Rochester and it strikes me with anguish to be torn from you.
Rochester: Then why must you leave?
Jane Eyre: Because of your wife.
Rochester: I have no wife.
Jane Eyre: But your are to be married.
Rochester: Jane, you must stay.
Jane Eyre: And become nothing to you?...
[near tears]
Jane Eyre: Am I a machine with out feelings? Do you think that because I am poor, plain, obscure, and little that I am souless and ...
See more »


Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »


Words by Lord Byron
Music by Joseph Harper Kearton
Performed by Imogen Poots
Arranged by Andrew McKenna
See more »

User Reviews

A new adaptation with a lot to offer.
20 September 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

First of all, this is a gorgeous movie. Every indoor shot, close-up, and sweeping view of the landscape is an example of how cinematography can elevate a movie. Jane Eyre is a classic story for a reason, and this is as fine an adaptation I've encountered with great acting all-around, but it's the visuals and Gothic atmosphere that really made me enjoy this as much as I did. 

On the negative side, there never really seemed to be enough interaction between the characters to justify their attachments to one another. I'm speaking specifically of Jane and Rochester, who are portrayed as being totally in love with each other without much of a reason why ever seen by the audience.

That's a small complaint, though, and one that's easily overlooked if you're watching the movie for more than just the romantic aspect, like I was. I've got to admit, Mia Wasikowska was an excellent Jane. She fit into the time and place shown like a hand in a glove, naturally speaking the poetic dialogue. Michael Fassbender continues his inexorable climb to A-list actor status, and Judi Dench (who I didn't even know was in the movie until I saw her on the screen), is a welcome presence, as always. Jane Eyre isn't a perfect movie, but for me, its strengths far outweighed its flaws.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 212 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »


Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »




English | French

Release Date:

22 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jane Eyre See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$182,885, 13 March 2011

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed