“An Enjoyable And Respectable Teen Girl Coming-of-age-romance Story,”
“"A Purely Well Directed/Written Film That Is Witty, And Unterly Believeable"”
“Do We Need An Education For Our Selfs Or For Others?”
“The Coming Of Age Drama Of The Year”
“Between Its Outstanding Cast And Masterful Direction, "An Education" Is A Good Bet For This Upcoming Award Season. Though Its Subject Matter Might Be A Bit Controversial, Its Able To Develop A Certain Style And Class All Its Own. ”
“And The Oscar Nomination Should Go To.. Carey Mulligan”
It's a pleasure -- which I don't mean entirely as a compliment.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
A sad, painful comedy, and the lovely performance from Mulligan makes it a very enjoyable film.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Through stellar performances, clever writing and exquisite cinematography, the story is fresh and thoroughly captivating.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A beguiling little film that, with deceptive restraint and forthrightness, opens up worlds of roiling, contradictory emotions.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
A star may or may not be born in An Education, but an actress most surely is.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Playing a character who is herself a rare bloom in a field of mediocrity, Mulligan has a star quality they can't teach in acting school.
Scott Foundas - Village Voice
Watch Mulligan's face as she goes from weary to awakened, and see it all come together.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
No movie I've seen in a very long time has touched me so deeply, or bestowed so much pleasure.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
t gives a glimmering surface sheen to the glamorous mirage of David's high life and all but asks, "Would you make a better choice?"
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
The film is gentle with its judgments. Or most of them.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Lone Scherfig's direction is glum. We're so clued in to what's really going on that we never share Jenny's authentic excitement at being introduced to art, music, and exotic locales.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
I have a feeling that Sarsgaard could have stretched the role a lot further if the script had allowed him to, but, still, what he does is surprising.
David Denby - New Yorker
[Mulligan] makes the role luminous when it could have been sad or awkward. She has such lightness and grace, you're pretty sure this is the birth of a star.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
As a dual portrait of low-level criminality and lower-middle-class insecurity, it's unique and indelible.
Cliff Doerksen - Chicago Reader
An Education is a vibrant portrait of England on the cusp of its postwar rebirth.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
An Education is just what the title promises, and a delight, as well.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Captivatingly written, directed and acted with sensitivity and nuance, this is one of the best films of the year. It lives up to its title in more ways than one.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
An Education is a wonderful film.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Despite the lingering aroma of Victorian rot shrouding 1961, An Education is excitingly young.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
The point here is not to judge past missteps by modern standards, but rather to point out how easy it is to allow dreams to overtake reality.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The centerpiece of An Education is the breakout performance of young Carey Mulligan. She is enchanting, and almost convincing as the teenage Jenny, though she can't completely obscure the (justified) suspicion that she's in her twenties and old enough f
Jonathan F. Richards - Film.com
Lone Scherfig's 'An Education" starts out as a darkly affable little affair but quickly degenerates unnecesssarily when its heroine's trust is violated and the ethnicity of her lover is unnecessarily made a crucial part in her betrayal.
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
An Education is, as the title suggests, about Jenny exploring her own desires and shortfalls, and it's too smart a film for easy answers.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
An Education captures the very limited possibilities for female liberation in early-'60s London -- with massive social change on the distant horizon, but not here yet -- in exquisite detail.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
As with first love, so with the movies: The right girl makes it all worthwhile.
Dana Stevens - Slate
One of 2009's finest motion pictures -- an open and honest look at sexual politics and a woman's place in the world during the early1960s.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Wonderful coming-of-age story in 1961 London with a breakout performance.
James Greenberg - Hollywood Reporter
You may think you know where the film is going, but its ecstasy and heartbreak will stick with you afterward. It's one of the year's best.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Mulligan is the film's headline, pulse and revelation. In its blithely subversive way, her starmaking performance is a co-conspirator with the movie. Both of them win you over with smart talk and pretty feelings, then kick you in the heart.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
A quiet miracle of a movie that quickly disabuses you of the idea that you've seen it all before.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Invariably funny and inexpressibly moving.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
An Education deserves high marks. You could argue that the central relationship ought to seem sleazier, but Danish director Lone Scherfig perfectly captures the era's look and mood, Hornby's Oscar-nominated script is deft and the performances are spot on
Jason Best - Movie Talk
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Hank Sartin - Time Out
Nick Hornby's screenplay is funny and sweet and 1000 percent English in that catnip-to-American-audiences way he's so good at already.
Dave White - Movies.com
Mulligan possesses Audrey Hepburn-like radiance, but the 22-year-old actress looks so young, it's hard to perceive David as anything but creepy.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
You could do a lot worse than spend 100 minutes with Ms. Mulligan. Movie fans, I give you a woman worth educating yourself on.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Humility, that most educational of human qualities, is earned and wisdom is gained, making An Education not only an entertaining picture, but an enlightening one as well.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
... attempts to impress audiences with its worldliness, but it comes off instead as an awkward, unformed teen fantasy run amok.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
A star turn by Carey Mulligan playing a 16-year-old who gets charmed (and, uh, educated) by a suspiciously alluring older man, the excellent Peter Sarsgaard.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Trite, whitewashed, simplistic, and sexless.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
An unusually nuanced and mature depiction of one of those hoary movie fantasies: the older man who gets the much, much younger woman.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Played with great wit and depth by the 24-year-old British actress Carey Mulligan.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Odds have it, as of this writing, that the Best Actress Oscar race will probably come down to Meryl Streep versus Sandra Bullock, but neither of them carries their respective movie quite as ably as Mulligan does here.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
An Education showcases several fine performances in this story about the dangers of youthful cleverness.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
It's not a perfect movie, but it is an enjoyable one.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
[Mulligan] brightens what could be considered a common lesson in youth vs. maturity, and makes it one worth sharing.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Carey Mulligan deserves serious Oscar consideration for her work in An Education.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?