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An Education Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 15, 2009
You may think you know where the film is going, but its ecstasy and heartbreak will stick with you afterward. It's one of the year's best.
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November 22, 2009
The centerpiece of An Education is the breakout performance of young Carey Mulligan. She is enchanting, and almost convincing as the teenage Jenny, though she can't completely obscure the (justified) suspicion that she's in her twenties and old enough f
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 11, 2009
The combination of a literate script, an adroit cast and an economical style is simple addition that achieves an alchemical feat: the best film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 5, 2009
A beguiling little film that, with deceptive restraint and forthrightness, opens up worlds of roiling, contradictory emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 5, 2009
The movie belongs to Mulligan, whose Jenny looks like Audrey Hepburn when she puts her hair up and dons a black dress, and like every teenage girl who's had her heart broken when she cries.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 5, 2009
An Education argues that life -- and the human heart -- are far too complicated merely to be studied. They need to be experienced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 5, 2009
An Education is just what the title promises, and a delight, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 30, 2009
t gives a glimmering surface sheen to the glamorous mirage of David's high life and all but asks, "Would you make a better choice?"
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 30, 2009
Danish director Scherfig and star Mulligan give the film considerable weight by surrounding this lightly played, strange romance with both an acute understanding of Barber's endearing screen alter ego.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 29, 2009
An Education is a vibrant portrait of England on the cusp of its postwar rebirth.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 23, 2009
An Education is, as the title suggests, about Jenny exploring her own desires and shortfalls, and it's too smart a film for easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 23, 2009
The film is gentle with its judgments. Or most of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 23, 2009
The point here is not to judge past missteps by modern standards, but rather to point out how easy it is to allow dreams to overtake reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 16, 2009
Hornby's humane and humorous screenplay is true to the film's title: In short order, young Jenny finds out important truths about identity, glamour and how adults really think and live.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 15, 2009
A star may or may not be born in An Education, but an actress most surely is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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.
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 12, 2009
I have a feeling that Sarsgaard could have stretched the role a lot further if the script had allowed him to, but, still, what he does is surprising.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 9, 2009
No movie I've seen in a very long time has touched me so deeply, or bestowed so much pleasure.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 9, 2009
Watch Mulligan's face as she goes from weary to awakened, and see it all come together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 9, 2009
It's a pleasure -- which I don't mean entirely as a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 9, 2009
Despite the lingering aroma of Victorian rot shrouding 1961, An Education is excitingly young.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 9, 2009
Mulligan is the film's headline, pulse and revelation. In its blithely subversive way, her starmaking performance is a co-conspirator with the movie. Both of them win you over with smart talk and pretty feelings, then kick you in the heart.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 9, 2009
Through stellar performances, clever writing and exquisite cinematography, the story is fresh and thoroughly captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 8, 2009
Invariably funny and inexpressibly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
October 8, 2009
As a dual portrait of low-level criminality and lower-middle-class insecurity, it's unique and indelible.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 8, 2009
An Education captures the very limited possibilities for female liberation in early-'60s London -- with massive social change on the distant horizon, but not here yet -- in exquisite detail.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 8, 2009
A quiet miracle of a movie that quickly disabuses you of the idea that you've seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 8, 2009
As with first love, so with the movies: The right girl makes it all worthwhile.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 8, 2009
An Education shares with Hornby's best work trenchant insight into the way smart, hyper-verbal young people let the music, films, books, and art they love define themselves as they figure out who they are and what they want to be.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 7, 2009
Captivatingly written, directed and acted with sensitivity and nuance, this is one of the best films of the year. It lives up to its title in more ways than one.
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
October 6, 2009
Playing a character who is herself a rare bloom in a field of mediocrity, Mulligan has a star quality they can't teach in acting school.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
October 6, 2009
Wonderful coming-of-age story in 1961 London with a breakout performance.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 6, 2009
An Education is a wonderful film.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.