Liberal Arts is a resolutely vanilla-flavored concoction but still pleasant, amiable, and a little more thoughtful than your average rom-com.
| Original Score: 3/5
Poetic justice Is served in insightful LIBERAL ARTS
An exuberant, heartfelt concoction, the kind of sunny comedy that's good for the soul.
Some of the insights are a bit simplistic but for most of the running time, the film is an enjoyable diversion.
| Original Score: B-
Liberal laughs are guaranteed but memorable it ain't.
A diverting generational three-way dialogue between those barely out of their teens, those in their mid thirties and those well north of fifty.
...an enthralling sophomore effort from an almost excessively promising filmmaker...
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
"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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Josh Radnor is an actor who's not content to be just that.
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.
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
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
Learning life's lessons is a bittersweet experience in Josh Radnor's appealing film
An insightful, touching and amusing three-generational study that is anything but sophomoric.
A comedy of vocational anxiety, dealing with the stress of not knowing what you will become, not recognising what you have become, and realising it's all behind you.
Besides the acting and original screenplay, the classical music score is another favorable component of the crowd-pleasing escapism offered by this film.
... likeable in its unambitious way.
The superb Olsen has the radiance of one of Eric Rohmer's young heroines and delivers a wonderfully naturalistic and unaffected performance.