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Mona Lisa Smile Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 18, 2003
Newell tries to make a profound film that challenges the social standards of the 1950s, but all he does is throw some stereotypes up against some other stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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James Berardinelli
December 14, 2003
An exercise in relentless mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Carroll
December 18, 2003
Brings to mind the old adage about the three stages of an actor's Hollywood career: Get Julia Roberts; get someone like Julia Roberts; get a younger version of Julia Roberts.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 18, 2003
If the women of the 1950s were really this stupid, there would have never been a feminism movement.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 19, 2003
This period film merely shuffles along, content to dress up its all-star cast in swell costumes and take big, easy pot shots at the Dark Ages of the 1950s.
Read More | Original Score: C
James Rocchi
December 18, 2003
Teacher-and-student drama has all the "right" answers; too bad it feels like a cheat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2003
The film's dogged insistence in re-fighting the cultural wars of the '50s without shedding any new light on either side reduces nearly all the characters to shallow mouthpieces for predictable points of view.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Victoria Alexander
December 20, 2003
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Brian Orndorf
January 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 22, 2003
Mona Lisa Smile is more of a Guernica grin-a broadly drawn, fractured, too-modern take on 1950s repression.
Joshua Tyler
December 17, 2003
Maybe Julia Roberts' time travel somehow disrupted the space time continuum, thus forever altering Mona Lisa Smile's pace?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 19, 2003
Rather than being a fascinating exploration of a much more constrained time in our social history, the film simply feels anachronistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 19, 2003
There's not much here to actually smile about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
December 17, 2003
Soulless retreads without an ounce of passion or creativity that no amount of colorful surface details can quite cover up.
Christopher Null
December 16, 2003
It's an excellent message, yet the film completely betrays its mission by giving us a one-sided central character with a very narrow-minded viewpoint.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 18, 2003
It's always a riot when a movie preaches artistic freedom and nonconformity while the script scrupulously follows Hollywood formula.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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