• 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

Chase Whale
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Poetic justice Is served in insightful LIBERAL ARTS

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 8, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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For a film about aging and romanticism, "Liberal Arts" feels like it needs a more mature script.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

October 25, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Liberal Arts maneuvers its story in a philosophical way that is anything but detached. There's a warmth here that reminds audiences why college -- and, dare we say, their core curriculums? -- matter.

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

October 5, 2012
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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As a comedy of manners, 'Liberal Arts' is perfectly likeable.But you might find its talky touchy-feeliness on the smug side.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 2, 2012
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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There are some entertaining and moving scenes here, but, overall, it's a bit softhearted for my taste.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 28, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Liberal Arts" sticks to the syllabus of a decidedly minor movie, but its humanities faculty is first-rate.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

September 28, 2012
James Berardinelli
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Liberal Arts is a parfait - a light, enjoyable concoction that goes down easily but doesn't linger.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 22, 2012
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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"Liberal Arts" has its bright moments and it's an enjoyable watch, but it probably won't serve up outbursts of laughter or moments of epiphany.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 21, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Radnor ... finds both wit and truth in his characters as they face, in their different ways, growing up.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2012
Loren King
Boston Globe
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It's talky, but this suits the idea of college as the last bastion of animated and engaging conversation for its own sake.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's the kind of film that appeals powerfully to me; to others, maybe not so much.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Josh Radnor is a nice-looking, button-eyed, completely harmless sitcom personality ("How I Met Your Mother," apparently) who has gotten the impression he's a filmmaker.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 14, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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An artful blend of tenderness and sharp, clear-eyed observations. Its characters talk like real people -- who also happen to be smart, appealing and thoughtful.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 13, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The harder Mr. Radnor strains to make you love his alter ego, the more resistant you become.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 13, 2012
Mark Jenkins
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Radnor seems pretty impressed with the version of himself he's playing.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 13, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Like a too-ardent admirer who sends unwanted poems, the movie's squishy heart is too much.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 13, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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"Liberal Arts" is a light and lively comedy of manners about college, literature and a midlife crisis that hits earlier than expected.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 13, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Elizabeth Olsen is beguiling in Liberal Arts, and Josh Radnor has a true filmmaker's eye for detail and atmosphere.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 13, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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Full of quippy dialogue, banal observations, paper-thin characters and pat resolutions, Liberal Arts is two deodorant commercials away from being a forgettable new TV sitcom.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

September 12, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Liberal Arts calls to mind more the spirit of an alumni magazine, so bathed in nostalgia for academia that you expect autumn leaves to flutter down to the theater floor.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 12, 2012
Amanda Mae Meyncke
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...sincere without being schmaltzy, evocative without being arrogant and lively without being pretentious - well, without being too pretentious.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

September 12, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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You'll recognize these characters and the wisdom they arrive at, but it's too bad our hero is such a deeply ethical square.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

September 11, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
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Despite the possible creepiness of the scenario, Radnor plays the scenes between himself and Olsen with restrained intelligence, understanding the ways both characters project their uncertainties and desires onto each other.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 11, 2012
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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Liberal Arts is so sweet and safe an undertaking, it's like getting baptized in warm bathwater.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 10, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The wittiest, most perceptive campus comedy in years.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 5, 2012
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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A coming-of-middle-age comedy running on somewhat less than a full tank.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 24, 2012
Robert Koehler
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The film [feels] perilously close to widescreen sitcom.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2012
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