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March 12, 2018
The cartoon notions of the '50s and snooty Easterners say more about Hollywood cluelessness than about the period the film condescends to...lacking the courage of its own vulgarity, Mona Lisa Smile is as tepid as old bathwater.
December 19, 2017
Just what we need: a pyjama party posing as a movie.
December 26, 2010
Glossy entertainment value but far from art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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-
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 ReviewRead More | Original Score: B-
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
July 20, 2004
Mike Newell directs a formulaic Roberts vehicle that isn't without its charm.
| Original Score: 60/100
May 14, 2004
Mike Newell takes the road most travelled in tackling the sexual apartheid and hysteria of the 1950s.
February 27, 2004
Smiles turn to frowns when you sense a paint-by-numbers feminist formula taking control.
January 27, 2004
Devoid of enjoyment, intelligence or interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
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
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+
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
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2003
Unfortunately, despite some winning performances, nothing happens we haven't seen before, the movie stuck with a script more moribund than a bran muffin at an Atkins Convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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