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Liberal Arts Reviews

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Meredith Borders
April 3, 2013
LIBERAL ARTS never manages to turn these great performances and familiar dilemmas into something substantial.
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
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
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
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Alonso Duralde
September 12, 2012
Full of quippy dialogue, banal observations, paper-thin characters and pat resolutions, Liberal Arts is two deodorant commercials away from being a forgettable new TV sitcom.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
October 4, 2012
The narrative is also too sluggish but there are moments of charm and humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 27, 2012
Radnor's annoyingly passive protagonist sports wide-eyed stares of wonderment, as if he got lost somewhere between the upper quad and the campus bookstore. Neither pass nor fail, this project's an 'incomplete.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Robert Levin
September 13, 2012
Josh Radnor's Jesse is not a likable character in any sense, and more than anything you wish he'd just grow up already.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age
December 12, 2012
Radnor's problem stems from his casting prowess: Jenkins, Janney and Olsen are all so pleasurably adept in their parts that the film's star suffers by comparison. Jesse needs more than Josh Radnor's glibness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stephen Silver
December 28, 2012
A writer/director/star, casting himself as the guy who's irresistible to all sorts of women? Woody Allen's been pulling that trick for about 40 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 13, 2012
Like a too-ardent admirer who sends unwanted poems, the movie's squishy heart is too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
September 20, 2012
Comes tantalizingly close to reaching its potential, but a few ill-advised missteps keep it from passing with honors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 14, 2012
Josh Radnor is a nice-looking, button-eyed, completely harmless sitcom personality ("How I Met Your Mother," apparently) who has gotten the impression he's a filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
September 3, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Writer-director-actor Josh Radnor follows up his debut feature ("Happythankyoumoreplease") with a compact romantic comedy that almost works, but not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 24, 2012
A coming-of-middle-age comedy running on somewhat less than a full tank.
Willie Waffle
September 21, 2012
Move the plot ahead. Any plot. In any direction. PLEASE!!!!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 13, 2012
The best thing about the film is to be found in two supporting roles which represent Jesse's mentor/proteges in a script stuffed with obvious parallels.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 13, 2012
Has a soap opera vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Robert Koehler
January 23, 2012
The film [feels] perilously close to widescreen sitcom.
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