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Based on 24 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Nostalgia for the groves of academe weighs heavily on Liberal Arts, which both exploits and undermines romanticized memories of campus life. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Liberal Arts is at its most nauseating when we hear Jesse and Zibby read their oh-so-self-aware love letters. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 30
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Jesse's nobility is one of the primary reasons Liberal Arts is so hard to take. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Loren King Boston Globe

    Radnor's script is more bittersweet than laugh-out-loud funny. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Sticks to the syllabus of a decidedly minor movie, but its humanities faculty is first-rate. show more

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