Mona Lisa Smile Synopsis
Katherine (Roberts) inspires her students to challenge the lives they are expected to lead.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Glossy entertainment value but far from art.
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