91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Olsen, moody and apple-cheeked and intellectually avid, proves a true star: She turns being wiser than her years into an authentic generational state.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is a word to explain why this particular film so appealed to me. Reader, that word is "escapism." If you understand why I used the word "reader" in just that way, you are possibly an ideal viewer for this movie.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An artful blend of tenderness and sharp, clear-eyed observations. Its characters talk like real people -- who also happen to be smart, appealing and thoughtful.
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75

Boston Globe

By Loren King
Radnor's script is more bittersweet than laugh-out-loud funny.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Liberal Arts is a parfait - a light, enjoyable concoction that goes down easily but doesn't linger. The movie is great "in the moment" but may be difficult to recall with any specificity after time has elapsed.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Radnor and Olsen are so funny and touching you want to say happythankyoumoreplease. What you get is frustratingly less. Still, to the movie's refreshingly uncynical credit, you feel for them.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

A coming-of-middle-age comedy running on somewhat less than a full tank, Liberal Arts possesses enough comedic moments to approach crowd-pleasing status.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Nostalgia for the groves of academe weighs heavily on Liberal Arts, which both exploits and undermines romanticized memories of campus life.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Liberal Arts is at its most nauseating when we hear Jesse and Zibby read their oh-so-self-aware love letters.
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30

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Jesse's nobility is one of the primary reasons Liberal Arts is so hard to take.
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55 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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