• 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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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Newell tries to make a profound film that challenges the social standards of the 1950s, but all he does is throw some stereotypes up against some other stereotypes.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 18, 2003
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

We sense the shallowness of the situations,realizing they exist solely to build our expectations and then give us exactly what we want. Fulfilling,yes; enlightening,no

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2003
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine

Julia Roberts damns a paint-by-numbers kit of Van Gogh. Who is she trying to kid?

Full Review Source: Flak Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

January 2, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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An exercise in relentless mediocrity.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2003
Larry Carroll
FilmStew.com

Brings to mind the old adage about the three stages of an actor's Hollywood career: Get Julia Roberts; get someone like Julia Roberts; get a younger version of Julia Roberts.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com | Original Score: C

December 18, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

If the women of the 1950s were really this stupid, there would have never been a feminism movement.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

December 18, 2003
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

This period film merely shuffles along, content to dress up its all-star cast in swell costumes and take big, easy pot shots at the Dark Ages of the 1950s.

| Original Score: C

December 19, 2003
James Rocchi
Netflix

Teacher-and-student drama has all the "right" answers; too bad it feels like a cheat.

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

December 18, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The film's dogged insistence in re-fighting the cultural wars of the '50s without shedding any new light on either side reduces nearly all the characters to shallow mouthpieces for predictable points of view.

December 10, 2003
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 2, 2005
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

If you are a fan of Julia Roberts' huge, horse-like head and her equally equine braying laugh, rest assured both are in large supply.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D

December 24, 2003
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com

Fluff.

Full Review

December 20, 2003
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: D+

January 27, 2004
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
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com

Maybe Julia Roberts' time travel somehow disrupted the space time continuum, thus forever altering Mona Lisa Smile's pace?

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 17, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Rather than being a fascinating exploration of a much more constrained time in our social history, the film simply feels anachronistic.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 19, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

There's not much here to actually smile about.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

December 19, 2003
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor

Soulless retreads without an ounce of passion or creativity that no amount of colorful surface details can quite cover up.

Full Review Source: Critic Doctor

December 17, 2003
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

It's an excellent message, yet the film completely betrays its mission by giving us a one-sided central character with a very narrow-minded viewpoint.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 16, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

It's always a riot when a movie preaches artistic freedom and nonconformity while the script scrupulously follows Hollywood formula.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

December 18, 2003
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
February 24, 2004
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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October 18, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
January 9, 2004
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
March 16, 2004

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December 19, 2003

Boston Phoenix
December 20, 2003

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February 7, 2004

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April 9, 2004
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