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Mona Lisa Smile Reviews

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Super Reviewer
June 23, 2011
A nice film that Julia Roberts played outstandingly.
Super Reviewer
February 5, 2008
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.
Super Reviewer
April 24, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
September 1, 2006
Mona Lisa Smile tries to be something unique and relies on it's all-star female audience far too much. Although I did enjoy it, there seems to be no real qualities to the plot. The cast really keeps your interest in this film and the social context, in which it's set, leaves you with some interesting questions.

*Worth a try*
Super Reviewer
December 19, 2009
In a world that told them how to live, she taught them how to think.
Super Reviewer
February 19, 2008
Really good movie.
Super Reviewer
½ August 16, 2008
Funny and sweet. One of the reasons I like this "inspirational teacher" story is that Katherine gets called out on her own liberal prejudices towards the institution of home, and realizes one's own choices take precedence over pseudo-subversive chic.
Super Reviewer
½ September 29, 2007
i really enjoyed it really gd
Super Reviewer
½ October 13, 2007
Better than I would have thought. I guess that's what wives are good for.
Super Reviewer
August 18, 2007
Julia is a art history teacher who tries to inspire her students.
Super Reviewer
June 25, 2007
This is not as good as it should have been considering the fact that it had Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in it. It was ok though.
Super Reviewer
½ February 7, 2007
This film is Dead Poets Society female version with perfect casting including Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Marcia Gay Harden.
Super Reviewer
½ January 21, 2007
A vapid, mindless chick flick that ends up becoming an unintentional caricature of the typical "female empowerment" movie. The director also raped Harry Potter 4, and will now rape Gabriel Garcia Marquez's amazing book Love in the Time of Cholera. Go away!
Super Reviewer
January 18, 2007
boring but had some bright spots
Super Reviewer
½ December 28, 2006
Super Reviewer
November 7, 2006
It was alright.
Super Reviewer
March 25, 2013
Mona Lisa Smile is a smart and provocative period drama that's especially well-crafted. The story follows an art instructor who comes to the elite women's college Wellesley during the 1950s and upsets the establishment with her unconventional teaching methods. With an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the performances in the film are excellent. The writing is also quite good, particularly in how it explores the role of women in the '50s, and the expectations of upper society. Yet there are some weaknesses in the plot, and a few of the characters are underdeveloped. Compelling and inspired, Mona Lisa Smile is an impressive film.
Super Reviewer
January 11, 2011
Mona Lisa Smile was a fairly good film. Julia Roberts was believable in the role - and it is amusing to see how badly she fared with the critics - not based on her own performance but because she is of course a little out of vogue at the moment.
Super Reviewer
½ March 30, 2010
The film is incredibly trite and cliched in every way.. taking us nowhere we haven't been many times before in many other films. While there were several funny and entertaining moments, the film is just plain mediocre. And it also runs on far too long. Julia Roberts might have made a mistake by starring in this film with the best young actresses in film today, as they all outsihine her in one way or another.
Mona Lisa Smile is a extremely predictable movie with no much substance.

Story: C
Acting: B-
Direction: C
Visuals: C+
Overall: C+

**1/2 out of 4 stars
Super Reviewer
September 9, 2006
I first hated this movie because of premarital sex, but I appreciate it better now. It is a well-written screenplay and beautifully acted. It's very true to life.
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