Liberal Arts Synopsis
A college adviser (Josh Radnor) becomes involved with a student when he revisits his alma mater.
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Smart Romantic Comedy

By pedsarq
This movie was fun to watch! As an English major, I enjoyed all these book worms romancing each other with everything from Blake to vampire novels. It was expecially entertaining to see the romance...

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loved

By hoherring
So many lessons i took from this movie. It will stick with me!!!...

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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual content including references, mature thematic material, and some teen drinking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Thoughtful romance mulls impact of large age difference.
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