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Liberal Arts Reviews

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Chase Whale
Film.com
November 8, 2013
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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+
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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
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
October 2, 2012
As a comedy of manners, 'Liberal Arts' is perfectly likeable.But you might find its talky touchy-feeliness on the smug side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 28, 2012
There are some entertaining and moving scenes here, but, overall, it's a bit softhearted for my taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 28, 2012
"Liberal Arts" sticks to the syllabus of a decidedly minor movie, but its humanities faculty is first-rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 22, 2012
Liberal Arts is a parfait - a light, enjoyable concoction that goes down easily but doesn't linger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 21, 2012
"Liberal Arts" has its bright moments and it's an enjoyable watch, but it probably won't serve up outbursts of laughter or moments of epiphany.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 20, 2012
Radnor ... finds both wit and truth in his characters as they face, in their different ways, growing up.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
September 20, 2012
It's talky, but this suits the idea of college as the last bastion of animated and engaging conversation for its own sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 20, 2012
It's the kind of film that appeals powerfully to me; to others, maybe not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 13, 2012
An artful blend of tenderness and sharp, clear-eyed observations. Its characters talk like real people -- who also happen to be smart, appealing and thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 13, 2012
The harder Mr. Radnor strains to make you love his alter ego, the more resistant you become.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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September 13, 2012
Radnor seems pretty impressed with the version of himself he's playing.
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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
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2012
"Liberal Arts" is a light and lively comedy of manners about college, literature and a midlife crisis that hits earlier than expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 13, 2012
Elizabeth Olsen is beguiling in Liberal Arts, and Josh Radnor has a true filmmaker's eye for detail and atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 13, 2012
The film's trembling sincerity and preciousness betray the debt Radnor still owes to the oeuvre of Zach Braff, another sitcom star turned sad-sack independent auteur.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 12, 2012
Liberal Arts calls to mind more the spirit of an alumni magazine, so bathed in nostalgia for academia that you expect autumn leaves to flutter down to the theater floor.
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September 12, 2012
...sincere without being schmaltzy, evocative without being arrogant and lively without being pretentious - well, without being too pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 11, 2012
You'll recognize these characters and the wisdom they arrive at, but it's too bad our hero is such a deeply ethical square.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
September 11, 2012
Despite the possible creepiness of the scenario, Radnor plays the scenes between himself and Olsen with restrained intelligence, understanding the ways both characters project their uncertainties and desires onto each other.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
September 10, 2012
Liberal Arts is so sweet and safe an undertaking, it's like getting baptized in warm bathwater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 5, 2012
The wittiest, most perceptive campus comedy in years.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 23, 2012
The film [feels] perilously close to widescreen sitcom.