100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This tale of an English schoolgirl's hard-won wisdom is thrilling --for the radiance of Carey Mulligan's Jenny, who's wonderfully smart and perilously tender; for the grace of Lone Scherfig's direction, and the brilliance of Nick Hornby's screenplay.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This happens in 1961, when 16-year-old girls were a great deal less knowing than they are now. Yet the movie isn't shabby or painful, but romantic and wonderfully entertaining.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Afterward, you'll want to listen to the Beatles sing ''She's Leaving Home.'' It might be a girl like Jenny the lads had in mind.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
Topped by a fine cast, a first-rate script by Nick Hornby and tight direction by Lone Scherfig, the film is a smart, moving but not inaccessible entry in the coming-of-age canon.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
An Education is remarkable for the traps it doesn't fall into. Jenny, for all her naive impulses, isn't a victim.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Disarming and unexpectedly poignant, An Education contrasts the knowledge learned in school with that learned from life.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Through stellar performances, clever writing and exquisite cinematography, the story is fresh and thoroughly captivating.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Watch Mulligan's face as she goes from weary to awakened, and see it all come together.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Best of all, An Education isn’t alarmist. It knows other people can’t seduce us if we don’t seduce ourselves first and that Jenny is level-headed enough to handle it and learn.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Hornby's humane and humorous screenplay is true to the film's title: In short order, young Jenny finds out important truths about identity, glamour and how adults really think and live.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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