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Mona Lisa Smile Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    45

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's a gussied-up sorority-of-rising-stars project produced, I fantasize, by baby-boomer studio guys whose younger spouses articulately defend a woman's right to stay home and raise the kids.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal 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 Cosmo cover story.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Rote characterizations and a trite, even condescending, attitude toward that era's misguided mores robs the film of the satiric punch Todd Haynes delivered in "Far From Heaven."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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 that we listened to Miss Watson and became the wonderful people who we are today.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Glossy entertainment value but far from art.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very explicit sexual references for a PG-13 movie, including promiscuous characters, adultery, and discussion of birth control (which was illegal in the era portrayed in the movie). Characters drink, some get tipsy, and some abuse alcohol. Just about everyone smokes. Characters use strong language including an ugly anti-Semitic epithet. Strengths of the movie include its efforts to address the issues that would be raised by the feminists of the 1960s and its positive portrayal of a gay character who is accepted without prejudice (though dismissed from her position for other reasons).

  • Families can talk about why each of the characters makes the choices that she does.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Tense confrontations.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Explicit sexual references for a PG-13 movie, including promiscuous characters, adultery, and discussion of birth control (which was illegal in the era portrayed in the movie).

  • language false3

    Language: Characters use strong language including an ugly anti-Semitic epithet.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink, some get tipsy or abuse alcohol, many characters smoke.

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