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Mona Lisa Smile Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Glossy entertainment value but far from art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
May 12, 2009
Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal furnish well-observed performances that frequently outshine Julia Roberts's reflex characterization in this female variant of "Dead Poets Society."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Period dress, set design, manners and acting are fine--as is Mike Newell's direction. If only the script was less predictable.
Full Review| Original Score: B-
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 20, 2004
...would have been better served by characters with a little less formula than the paint-by-numbers projects so loved by these women of Wellesley College.
| Original Score: 2/4
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
Mike Newell directs a formulaic Roberts vehicle that isn't without its charm.
| Original Score: 60/100
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
May 14, 2004
Mike Newell takes the road most travelled in tackling the sexual apartheid and hysteria of the 1950s.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 27, 2004
Smiles turn to frowns when you sense a paint-by-numbers feminist formula taking control.
Nev Pierce
January 27, 2004
Devoid of enjoyment, intelligence or interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 24, 2004
É um pouco difícil levá-lo a sério, já que sua postura de 'filme-denúncia' soa, no mínimo, anacrônica.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 15, 2004
Considered less as a piece of entertainment and more as an argument constructed to further a feminist agenda, the film is hugely impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 11, 2004
It's arthritic issues and pushy point of view add up to a grade that won't earn anyone here a diploma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Elizabeth M. Tamny
Chicago Reader
January 10, 2004
Roberts asks her students rhetorical questions: What makes art good or bad? Who decides? But the movie answers them as canonically as the syllabus Roberts abandons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 5, 2004
Ambiguity [in this film] is the unwitting product of outrageous disorganization, wild ambivalence, and an unerring instinct for, well, error.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
January 2, 2004
Julia Roberts damns a paint-by-numbers kit of Van Gogh. Who is she trying to kid?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
December 31, 2003
A keen sense of how women have swam through a whole lot of repression and pain back then, to pave the way for females to breeze along through in the here and now.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
December 31, 2003
The performances here are winning, with [Julia] Roberts not afraid to share the screen with several younger actresses who are among the best and brightest in Hollywood today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Timothy Knight
December 25, 2003
This handsomely mounted and beautifully filmed drama sustains your interest for most of its running time and features fine performances across the board.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
December 24, 2003
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 | Original Score: D
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
December 24, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 23, 2003
Roberts' character may be presented as a breath of fresh air, but the movie surrounding her is the cinematic equivalent of halitosis.
| Original Score: 2/4
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