• PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Josh Radnor
    In Theaters:
    Sep 14, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 18, 2012
  • IFC Films

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Liberal Arts Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix

Liberal Arts is a resolutely vanilla-flavored concoction but still pleasant, amiable, and a little more thoughtful than your average rom-com.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3/5

November 25, 2013
Chase Whale
Film.com
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Poetic justice Is served in insightful LIBERAL ARTS

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 8, 2013

An exuberant, heartfelt concoction, the kind of sunny comedy that's good for the soul.

Full Review Source: Pajiba

July 17, 2013
Cory Everett
The Playlist

Some of the insights are a bit simplistic but for most of the running time, the film is an enjoyable diversion.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B-

July 10, 2013
Meredith Borders
Badass Digest

LIBERAL ARTS never manages to turn these great performances and familiar dilemmas into something substantial.

Full Review Source: Badass Digest

April 3, 2013
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz

Liberal laughs are guaranteed but memorable it ain't.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 3/5

March 14, 2013

A diverting generational three-way dialogue between those barely out of their teens, those in their mid thirties and those well north of fifty.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 4, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an enthralling sophomore effort from an almost excessively promising filmmaker...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

January 15, 2013
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell

A writer/director/star, casting himself as the guy who's irresistible to all sorts of women? Woody Allen's been pulling that trick for about 40 years.

Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell | Original Score: 2/5

December 28, 2012
Tom Clift
Moviedex

A warm, funny and, one imagines, rather personal film, one that's all about falling in and out of love, not just with people and places but the ideas they can sometimes embody.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 4/5

December 25, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"Liberal Arts" develops into a special film, less of a love story and more about the pleasures and dangers of being on both sides of a nurturing student-mentor relationship.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 14, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has a soap opera vibe.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

December 13, 2012
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

he characters are interesting and, again, I really felt for the guy's dilemma whether to start a relationship with this much, much younger girl or not.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 12, 2012
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

Josh Radnor is an actor who's not content to be just that.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

December 12, 2012
Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age

Radnor's problem stems from his casting prowess: Jenkins, Janney and Olsen are all so pleasurably adept in their parts that the film's star suffers by comparison. Jesse needs more than Josh Radnor's glibness.

Full Review Source: The Sunday Age | Original Score: 5/10

December 12, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Liberal Arts is about going back in time in order to move forward. In so many moments Radnor could have taken disturbing and frustrating turns - and yet it's resistance and maturity saved it.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 7, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Has the hallmark of slow burning classic, starting deceptively uninvolving but gradually increasing in both interest and dramatic tension, with a tender emotional payoff that ripples across all the main characters

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 6, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) has directed and written an astonishingly good screenplay filled with delectable insights from three different age groups. He is also excellent as the film's protagonist

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 6, 2012
Don Groves
sbs.com.au

Learning life's lessons is a bittersweet experience in Josh Radnor's appealing film

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 4/5

December 5, 2012
Cameron Meier
Orlando Weekly

An insightful, touching and amusing three-generational study that is anything but sophomoric.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2012
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