An Education Synopsis
In 1960s London a teen (Carey Mulligan) falls under the spell of a charming, but much older, suitor.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Through stellar performances, clever writing and exquisite cinematography, the story is fresh and thoroughly captivating.
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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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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...
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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,...
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Hey Rick0327 --An Education was indeed overtly Anti-Semitic

By Ddogpics
You think An Education was not anti-semitic. Ok....lets try out the facts --- Saarsgaard immediately identifies himself as a Jew [what other movies has the lead star saying -- hi, I'm a catholic,or a...

An Education

By 102586
Not to be confused with the chick flick genre, yet it is a movie for young women and adolescent girls. The message, strong and clear that female intellectual talent and individualism is a virtue, is...

An Education in Love

By Crownover
Sarsgaard's 30 something David is an unlikely match for Mulligan's charming, precocious but naive 16 year old Jenny. She is drawn to him in spite of her better instincts. And her father, played so...

An Education - My review

By Cincinnati_guy
In a nutshell - a very pleasant surprise ! Carey Mulligan is outstanding and most definitely worth seeing. A sophisticated coming-of-age movie about a very intelligent, mature beyond her years 17...

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By lovestalentmoviefan
I found this movie to be engaging and well acted.The heroine is simply looking for a way to grow up fast and demonstrate how much smarter and more enlightened she THINKS she is than her parents and...

2009 Oscar Contender

By the_movie_queen
Without a doubt you will see An Education nominated for best screenplay (at the very least) at the 2009 Academy Awards, Nick Hornby has truly outdone himself in this latest romantic endeavor, a true...

An Education

By carolelombard
Plenty to talk about after seeing this movie. Loved the acting, Alfred Molina doesn't ever have to prove himself. The rest of the cast was very good as well. Not sure why certain details...

an education is dead on

By Cbartz
this movie is smart, witty, funny, and down to earth. jenny, the young girl who falls for an older man, is a sharp young woman who through her relationship with playboy david, goes from a clever but...

A movie that depends on writing and talent.

By birac
No gimmicks here,just a freshly discreet coming of age tale.Mulligan and Molina are not to be missed. Took mom and gf as an apology for missing an earlier dinner with them. Was planning on sleeping!...

An Education

By bully805
I liked it. Adult themed, initially made my wife uncomfortable. The female lead was very engaging....

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Rated PG-13 | For mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Intelligent period drama tackles mature teen topics.
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