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Liberal Arts Reviews

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Cameron Meier
Orlando Weekly
November 7, 2012
An insightful, touching and amusing three-generational study that is anything but sophomoric.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
November 5, 2012
The dialogue and relationships give "Liberal Arts" a warm if shallow glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Film4
October 30, 2012
A comedy of vocational anxiety, dealing with the stress of not knowing what you will become, not recognising what you have become, and realising it's all behind you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 25, 2012
For a film about aging and romanticism, "Liberal Arts" feels like it needs a more mature script.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
October 20, 2012
Besides the acting and original screenplay, the classical music score is another favorable component of the crowd-pleasing escapism offered by this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 18, 2012
... likeable in its unambitious way.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
October 11, 2012
The superb Olsen has the radiance of one of Eric Rohmer's young heroines and delivers a wonderfully naturalistic and unaffected performance.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 9, 2012
Worth a close look.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 7, 2012
The most intelligent, truthful movie about literature, higher education and the life of the mind since the Curtis Hanson film of Michael Chabon's novel Wonder Boys a dozen years ago.
Damon Wise
Radio Times
October 7, 2012
An unexpected delight, dealing with intergenerational relationships in a funny and unusual way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
October 7, 2012
"I echo you on Beethoven: wow!" Josh writes to Elizabeth. I paraphrase you on Liberal Arts, sir: yeugh!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 6, 2012
The real reward of Liberal Arts is Elizabeth Olsen. With her genuineness and depth, she is the film's defining presence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 5, 2012
Radnor sure has a lot of ideas for his gently diverting romantic comedy, but he hops from one to another without much depth or staying power, leaving you with a big "So what?" at the end.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 5, 2012
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 5, 2012
Liberal Arts is fundamentally intelligent and perceptive about a world where everything, or nothing, seems to be equally possible and before life as we know it begins in earnest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
October 4, 2012
I like Liberal Arts. It may be rough and unpolished, but Radnor shows promise as a filmmaker, telling an honest and insightful story that feels extremely authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
October 4, 2012
This is an amiable, literate but prosaic U.S. indie movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Little White Lies
October 4, 2012
You'd do well to take the film's advice: read a book instead.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 4, 2012
The script's musings on age, and on whether it is a tyranny, an irrelevance or both, form the subtle spine in a movie with a loose, louche, invertebrate-seeming charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 4, 2012
Breezy and unobjectionable though Radnor's film is, it's a sign of his relative inexperience as a writer that everyone has to wind up telling us what they've learnt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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