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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. The most radical thing about the movie, the thing that may make it most appealing to modern audiences, is that the filmmakers say both sides are right.
  2. A strangely mixed blessing filled with glossy production values and vibrant supporting performances but suffers mightily from a lack of credibility and the grinding predictability of its plot.
  3. For all its flaws, its obvious if irrelevant similarity to "Dead Poets Society," it lets us spend some quality time with some of the finest actresses in American film as they give energetic life to one of the most radically underrepresented minorities in Hollywood: the intelligent woman.
  4. 50
    From her speech patterns to her body language, Roberts's performance is wrong for the period.
  5. Put simply, Mona Lisa Smile is too much of a stacked deck -- a movie too concerned with ensuring that audiences feel a certain way to risk anything like nuance or interpretation.
  6. 40
    Mona Lisa Smile's only mysteries are the result of frenzied corner-cutting as Newell & Co. speed through the last reel, an exhausting cram session of hair-trigger speechifying and identity transformations bordering on the science-fictional.
  7. 25
    "Irritating" doesn't begin to describe Julia Roberts as Katherine, an art-history prof who arrives at Wellesley in 1953.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 21 out of 37
  1. SandyC.
    May 2, 2006
    Very enjoyable movie with good performances.

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