Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Though Mona Lisa Smile espouses the value of breaking barriers, the movie itself is predictable and safe.


Movie Info

In 1953, a time when women's roles were rigidly defined, free-spirited, novice art history professor Katherine Watson begins teaching at the prestigious all-female Wellesley College--which despite its academic reputation, is an environment where success is measured by 'how well' the students marry. Encouraging these women to strive for a more enlightened future, Watson challenges the administration and inspires her students to look beyond the image of what is, and consider the possibilities of … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and thematic issues)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 2004
Box Office: $63.7M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Katherine Watson

as Betty Warren

as Joan Brandwyn

as Giselle Levy

as Constance Baker

as Bill Dunbar

as Amanda Armstrong

as Paul Moore

as Nancy Abbey

as Tommy Donegal

as Wedding Singer

as Susan Delacorte

as President Jocelyn Ca...

as Dr. Edward Staunton

as Mrs. Warren

as Spencer Jones

as Charlie Stewart

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Housing Director

as Art History Student

as House Matron

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Blue Ship Hostess

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Cape Cod Hostess

as Art History Student

as Frances The Girl In ...

as Art Student

as Harvard Dorm Monitor

as Girl at Station

as Slide Projectionist

as Giselle's Wedding Da...

as Joseph O'Neill

as Harvard Student

as Warren Cousin

as Joan Brandwyn's Frie...

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Trumpet Player

as Art History Student

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as Art History Student

as Student

as Art History Student

as Christmas Student No...

as Art History Student

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as Christmas Student No...

as Art History Student

as Harvard Student

as Art History Student

as Christmas Student No...

as Art History Student

as Taxi Driver

as Art History Student

as Band Leader

as Stan Sher

as Art History Student

as Bartender

as Art History Student

as Vanessa McEntyre

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Art History Student

as Photographer

as Dancer

as Art History Student

as Wet Girls

as Wedding Planner Host

as Wet Girls

as Pianist

as Christmas Student

as Band Announcer

as Bass Player

as Wedding Photographer

as Woman On Train

as Dancer

as Dancer

as Projectionist

as Custodian

as Dancer

as John Brandwyn
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Critic Reviews for Mona Lisa Smile

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (45)

Roberts asks her students rhetorical questions: What makes art good or bad? Who decides? But the movie answers them as canonically as the syllabus Roberts abandons.

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Women of the Fifties, rise up in protest.

December 23, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Glossy entertainment value but far from art.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal furnish well-observed performances that frequently outshine Julia Roberts's reflex characterization in this female variant of "Dead Poets Society."

Full Review… | May 12, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

Period dress, set design, manners and acting are fine--as is Mike Newell's direction. If only the script was less predictable.

Full Review… | October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

...would have been better served by characters with a little less formula than the paint-by-numbers projects so loved by these women of Wellesley College.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Mona Lisa Smile

A nice film that Julia Roberts played outstandingly.

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Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Mona Lisa Smile,which is set in 1953/54, tells the story of Katherine Ann Watson (played by Julia Roberts), a teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school who leaves her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Massachusetts........
she encourages her students to study to become career professionals,she wants her students to lead the world and not just to live as the wife of somebody. She uses modern art to suggest that they need not conform to female stereotype.

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♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer

Julia Roberts plays a teacher in the mid-1950's when colleges like Wellesley seem to exist just to prepare young women to be housewives, not independent people. Similar to 'To Sir with Love', the teacher has to not only teach, but inspire her students to strive to do the best they can.

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Red Lats

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