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An Education Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

October 26, 2009
Karina Longworth

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

Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

January 27, 2009
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A teen-targeted public service announcement.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

October 28, 2009
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Trite, whitewashed, simplistic, and sexless.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth

March 6, 2010
Jeremy Heilman

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 34/100

June 29, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 7, 2009
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

October 27, 2009
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 5/10

October 12, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

October 5, 2009
Armond White
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

October 7, 2009
Simon Miraudo

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 86/100

November 20, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 22, 2009
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The film is gentle with its judgments. Or most of them.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2009
Nell Minow

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

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: A-

October 31, 2009
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: A-

February 14, 2012

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 Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2009
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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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.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

October 12, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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No movie I've seen in a very long time has touched me so deeply, or bestowed so much pleasure.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 9, 2009
Scott A. Mantz
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