75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The reliable Mike Newell directs Mona Lisa Smile with such assurance that the important moments are never mawkish or dull, and he encourages the women to act with absolute conviction.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The characters involve us, we sympathize with their dreams and despair of their matrimonial tunnel vision, and at the end we are relieved that we listened to Miss Watson and became the wonderful people who we are today.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's a spark missing, and where it's missing is in Roberts' conscientious but all too reserved performance.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Rote characterizations and a trite, even condescending, attitude toward that era's misguided mores robs the film of the satiric punch Todd Haynes delivered in "Far From Heaven."
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A movie about a maverick ought to be a little daring as well, and Mona Lisa Smile is as safe and predictable as chintz.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Rather than being a fascinating exploration of a much more constrained time in our social history, the film simply feels anachronistic.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
As artistic achievements go, Mona Lisa Smile is strictly a paint-by-numbers affair. No shading. Little in the way of perspective. To call it one-dimensional would be an act of charity.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The performances, under Mike Newell's direction, range from conventional (Ms. Roberts) to dreadful, and the script is as shallow as an old Cosmo cover story.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
"Irritating" doesn't begin to describe Julia Roberts as Katherine, an art-history prof who arrives at Wellesley in 1953.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's a gussied-up sorority-of-rising-stars project produced, I fantasize, by baby-boomer studio guys whose younger spouses articulately defend a woman's right to stay home and raise the kids.
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45 out of 100
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