Oleanna (1994)




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This focuses upon sexual harassment in academia. John is a burned out professor with a mid-life crisis. He thinks of leaving his family and the ivory tower. He is a conceited and self-deluded man. Carol is a failing student who comes to John's office for help. John decides to take the time to really help Carol, who doesn't seem to be able to understand anything. During their sessions, he comes to trust her and vents much of his pent-up frustration with teaching and his life. Suddenly Carol files a sexual harassment complaint against him. The board readily believes her and demands John apologize or lose his job. John hastily reconsiders his values and his life, and is willing to apologize for her mis-understanding of his intentions, but he will not acknowledge any of the accusations Carol made. Why should he? He is innocent.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for Oleanna

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

Overly schematic and the least effective screen adaptation of a David Mamet play.

Full Review… | April 30, 2011

...feels like it was made in a rush, on the cheap, and to fulfill a contractual obligation.... a disappointment compared to his House of Games or Heist, which at least possessed the fall-back position of being intermittently entertaining.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006

Mamet's most frustrating movie

November 10, 2005
Lawrence Journal-World

As to be expected, the Mamet-speak is sharp, witty and masterful.

Full Review… | May 22, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

the film tried a little too hard to make the audience squirm -- but it also forced me to think.

Full Review… | September 17, 2003

Zeroes in on the lust for power that lies behind the confrontations waged in the name of gender, class, age, and political correctness.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Oleanna

A little slow in the beginning and it takes some effort to get info artificial dialogue (David Mamet's trademark), but once you do, it's a gripping drama that ratchets up the intensity as it goes along, despite minimalist setting.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

An interesting movie.

Leo L
Leo L

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A compelling, elocuent, dialogue-driven, unpretentious, well made two characters drama. Mamet's prose really works.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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