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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-

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 ReviewRead More | Original Score: B-
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
Mike Newell directs a formulaic Roberts vehicle that isn't without its charm.
| Original Score: 60/100
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
January 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sharon Allen Burke
Premiere Magazine
December 23, 2003
The universally terrific performances by the cast make it a pleasure to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 23, 2003
OK star vehicle, but nothing more than a switcheroo version of Dead Poets' Society -- right down to a lump-in-the-throat, tear-in-the-eye, faint-wave-of-nausea ending
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 22, 2003
What saves the film from its own condescension is director Mike Newell's deft touch and the fine performances of the students -- Julia Stiles, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin -- all of whom easily act rings around Roberts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 22, 2003
["Mona Lisa Smile"] is a well-made, feminist-anchored, politically correct liberal film that teaches some good, modern day lessons to its femme audience.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 22, 2003
...fights battles that were won decades ago... but avoids pat resolutions...
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Venable
December 21, 2003
The flaw of this film is that Julia Roberts doesn't look like she's from the 1950s. Other than that, it'll be a decent rental. Marcia Gay Harden & Maggie Gyllenhaal are great!
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
December 21, 2003
... I found the film for the most part, a good date film - just don't date anyone who is a film critic.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2003
Challenge your assumptions and check this movie out...thought it would be fluffy and forgettable, but extremely rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
December 20, 2003
In terms of the gap between the movie it's trying to be and the movie it actually is, Mona Lisa Smile is in many ways indefensible. Yet for all its problems, it's satisfyingly movielike.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 19, 2003
The movie has a paint-by-numbers script and little more to offer than pretty images. The result is glossy entertainment value but a long way from art.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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