An Education Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
October 26, 2009

The old "stay in school" adage has rarely been trotted out to such cop-out effect

Karina Longworth
January 27, 2009

An Education works as a fever dream of first love, but the wake-up is unsatisfying.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 28, 2009

A teen-targeted public service announcement.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
March 6, 2010

Trite, whitewashed, simplistic, and sexless.

Jeremy Heilman
June 29, 2010

... attempts to impress audiences with its worldliness, but it comes off instead as an awkward, unformed teen fantasy run amok.

Full Review | Original Score: 34/100
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
October 7, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
October 27, 2009

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.

Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 12, 2009

A fun production with a great soundtrack and scrumptious English scenery but the decisions are ultimately too dim to believe.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
October 5, 2009

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.

Armond White
New York Press
October 7, 2009

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.

Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010

You could do a lot worse than spend 100 minutes with Ms. Mulligan. Movie fans, I give you a woman worth educating yourself on.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 20, 2009

...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.

Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 22, 2009

[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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
October 21, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
October 23, 2009

The film is gentle with its judgments. Or most of them.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
October 31, 2009

Carey Mulligan, in a star-making turn, makes this into one of the best films of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 14, 2012

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Alonso Duralde
October 7, 2009

Even if the story gets derailed, the early part of the ride is such fun that you'll want to take the journey.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
Top Critic
October 12, 2009

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.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
October 9, 2009

No movie I've seen in a very long time has touched me so deeply, or bestowed so much pleasure.

Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

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