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Based on 34 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 26 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    An Education is remarkable for the traps it doesn't fall into. Jenny, for all her naive impulses, isn't a victim. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Hornby's humane and humorous screenplay is true to the film's title: In short order, young Jenny finds out important truths about identity, glamour and how adults really think and live. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Through stellar performances, clever writing and exquisite cinematography, the story is fresh and thoroughly captivating. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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 perilously tender; for the grace of Lone Scherfig's direction, and the brilliance of Nick Hornby's screenplay. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Disarming and unexpectedly poignant, An Education contrasts the knowledge learned in school with that learned from life. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Watch Mulligan's face as she goes from weary to awakened, and see it all come together. show more

  • 90
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    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 inaccessible entry in the coming-of-age canon. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 romantic and wonderfully entertaining. show more

  • 100
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Hornby is a fine craftsman and his dialogue sparkles, though occasionally the scenes are too calculated. show more

  • 100
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The combination of a literate script, an adroit cast and an economical style is simple addition that achieves an alchemical feat: the best film of the year. show more

  • August 05, 2011 jk00000000098711
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    I loved this movie.

  • October 29, 2010 pattaylor5
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    This movie was so well cast. The characters are very believable and charming. I loved this movie. I watched it 3 times to appreciate the great acting and thoughtful directing. Don't miss it.

  • April 24, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Excellent production, scripting, directing, and acting. Nicely paced with perfect timing. Totally believable in being psychologically valid. Characters are nicely developed and quite real.

  • March 07, 2010 bridgettvallery
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    Saw this movie last night. I differ from some of the posters here. I didn't see this film as anti-semitic at all. This movie was more about life decisions for a young woman growing up. There were characters in the movie which identified themselves, through their dialogue, as Jewish but they could have easily have inserted "Roman Catholic", "Baptist", "Lutheran", etc. Their Jewishness had very little to do with the plot of the movie. For me, it was an artistic portrayal of a young woman coming of age in British 1960s. Wardrobe, hair, and make-up was flawless. in this movie. Carey Mulligan did an outstanding job in her role. I hope to see her in more movies soon.

  • February 07, 2010 markreko
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    It was a good story about growing up, learning, and making mistakes along the way. It was set in the 60's, so there were more prejudices back then. They were what they were. I have to give an A+ for the young female lead actress. She made a good movie even better.

  • December 19, 2009 DaniS123
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    I will concede that this was a good movie from a cinematic perspective. However it contained a lot of unnecessary anti-Jewish stereotypes. All the Jewish characters were portrayed in a negative light and there were some blatantly anti-Jewish lines in the dialogue. It does not surprise me that someone would write this movie (there is always a racist and a bigot in any crowd) but the fact that none of the movie reviewers noticed (or at least elected to comment) that this movie had a strong anti-Jewish sub-plot is shocking and frightening. The reviewers silence rings loudly.

  • December 14, 2009 asarnel
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    I am so, so sick of all the anti Semitic bunk. This is almost a true life story that could happen to any young girl in this day and age. I am not giving away the plot but see this movie; you won't be disappointed!

  • December 14, 2009 nevetsbagless
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    A fantastic movie which "Educates" as to how age-old anti-Semetism can be presented in a subtle modern and mainstream format. This is a marking point in history to remember, along with the behavior of Molodavian Christians, the Nazis who turned up to disrupt Chabad Chanukah celebrations, The Rabbi who was attacked in Vienna, "International Punch a Jew in the Face day", the 100% increase in antisemetic incidents in France (350 recorded), the British media's promotion of antisemitism on the "Israel Lobby", combined with the coddling of antisemites like Ahmadinerjad, the swelling hatred pervasive in the largest blogs in America and the UK mainstream media. That is just a small overview of the recent news in the Jewish world. Nothing to see, move along now.

  • December 12, 2009 bluemaxjb
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    The film was NOT Anti-semitic. There were few references to Jews and those references were in the context of the culture and the times of post war England. David is a cad, lacking courage, but it has nothing to do with the the few, earlier references in the film, to his being a jew. Really, this was a finely crafted film with an amazingly subtle performance from the star (Carey Mulligan) that might just get her an Academy award nomination. The film is a minimalistic, simple story of love and coming of age.

  • December 11, 2009 drbheart
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    Viewers must be aware that this is a blatant anti Semitic movie dressed as a love story, girl coming to age. As such it is amazing that no professional critic addressed the issue. No surprise coming from the BBC.

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