The old "stay in school" adage has rarely been trotted out to such cop-out effect
An Education works as a fever dream of first love, but the wake-up is unsatisfying.
A teen-targeted public service announcement.
| Original Score: C
Trite, whitewashed, simplistic, and sexless.
... attempts to impress audiences with its worldliness, but it comes off instead as an awkward, unformed teen fantasy run amok.
| Original Score: 34/100
Lone Scherfig directs it all as if it were a breezy lark, so a third-act tonal shift makes for an incongruous, excessively moralistic fit with everything that's preceded.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tenderly looks back upon statutory rape as a rite of passage, and it's a testament to fine performances that the film only feels icky in retrospect.
A fun production with a great soundtrack and scrumptious English scenery but the decisions are ultimately too dim to believe.
| Original Score: 5/10
Lone Scherfig's direction is glum. We're so clued in to what's really going on that we never share Jenny's authentic excitement at being introduced to art, music, and exotic locales.
The plot's a cynical/sentimental rip-off of Flaubert's novel Sentimental Education, yet full of commercial calculation -- including Scherfig's romantic view of the Paris assignation.
You could do a lot worse than spend 100 minutes with Ms. Mulligan. Movie fans, I give you a woman worth educating yourself on.
| Original Score: 4/5
...about the British preoccupation with status, about the aspirant bourgeois and the outliers who exist beyond convention, in a moveable feast of booze, sex and petty criminality.
| Original Score: 86/100
[Mulligan] makes the role luminous when it could have been sad or awkward. She has such lightness and grace, you're pretty sure this is the birth of a star.
| Original Score: 4/4
One of 2009's finest motion pictures -- an open and honest look at sexual politics and a woman's place in the world during the early1960s.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The film is gentle with its judgments. Or most of them.
Carey Mulligan, in a star-making turn, makes this into one of the best films of the year.
| Original Score: A-
Even if the story gets derailed, the early part of the ride is such fun that you'll want to take the journey.
The next Audrey Hepburn? The new Kate Winslet? British actress Carey Mulligan has drawn some pretty bold comparisons for her performance in the charming new coming of age story An Education.
No movie I've seen in a very long time has touched me so deeply, or bestowed so much pleasure.