• PG-13, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Mike Newell
    In Theaters:
    Dec 19, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 9, 2004
  • Sony Pictures Releasing


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Mona Lisa Smile Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Women of the Fifties, rise up in protest.

| Original Score: 1/4

December 23, 2003
Sharon Allen Burke
Premiere Magazine

The universally terrific performances by the cast make it a pleasure to watch.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 23, 2003
Kevin Carr
Film Threat

Paint by numbers with an overrated cast, tired storylines and archaic messages.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

December 23, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

OK star vehicle, but nothing more than a switcheroo version of Dead Poets' Society -- right down to a lump-in-the-throat, tear-in-the-eye, faint-wave-of-nausea ending

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 23, 2003
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

What saves the film from its own condescension is director Mike Newell's deft touch and the fine performances of the students -- Julia Stiles, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin -- all of whom easily act rings around Roberts.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

December 22, 2003
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

["Mona Lisa Smile"] is a well-made, feminist-anchored, politically correct liberal film that teaches some good, modern day lessons to its femme audience.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

December 22, 2003
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...fights battles that were won decades ago... but avoids pat resolutions...

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2003
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Mona Lisa Smile is more of a Guernica grin-a broadly drawn, fractured, too-modern take on 1950s repression.

December 22, 2003
John Venable

The flaw of this film is that Julia Roberts doesn't look like she's from the 1950s. Other than that, it'll be a decent rental. Marcia Gay Harden & Maggie Gyllenhaal are great!

Full Review Source: Supercala.com | Original Score: 7/10

December 21, 2003
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

... I found the film for the most part, a good date film - just don't date anyone who is a film critic.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2003
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

I liked it better with Robin Williams.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2003

Challenge your assumptions and check this movie out...thought it would be fluffy and forgettable, but extremely rewarding.

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 5/5

December 21, 2003
Victoria Alexander


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December 20, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
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In terms of the gap between the movie it's trying to be and the movie it actually is, Mona Lisa Smile is in many ways indefensible. Yet for all its problems, it's satisfyingly movielike.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 20, 2003
Dustin Putman

Turns its every character into a cliche and its every plot development into an easy preconception.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

December 19, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

The movie has a paint-by-numbers script and little more to offer than pretty images. The result is glossy entertainment value but a long way from art.

| Original Score: B-

December 19, 2003
James Verniere
Boston Herald

A film that forgoes a point of view in favor of a marketing campaign.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 19, 2003
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer

You will leave Mona Lisa Smile with only the slightest hint of the grin every slick studio movie gives you--the grin of reassurance and superiority. But you will not be changed, only out about eight bucks.

Full Review Source: Dallas Observer

December 19, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Anyone who's ever been moved by a teacher to dream a slightly bigger dream than his parents thought he or she was capable of achieving ought to love the film, for it gets at a truer model of teacher's inspiration.

December 19, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Like the turtleneck cashmere sweaters and girdles that tie down these promising women, the movie is trite and trussed.

December 19, 2003
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