An Education
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It's 1961 and attractive, bright 16-year-old schoolgirl, Jenny is poised on the brink of womanhood. Stifled by the tedium of adolescent routine, Jenny can't wait for adult life to begin. One rainy day, her suburban life is upended by the arrival of an unsuitable suitor, 30- ish David. Urbane and witty, David introduces Jenny to a glittering new world of classical concerts and late-night suppers. Just as the family's long-held dream of getting their brilliant daughter into Oxford seems within reach, Jenny is tempted by another kind of life. Will David be the making of Jenny or her… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"A beguiling little film that, with deceptive restraint and forthrightness, opens up worlds of roiling, contradictory emotions."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Carey Mulligan announces herself as a major name to watch."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.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
"... attempts to impress audiences with its worldliness, but it comes off instead as an awkward, unformed teen fantasy run amok."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"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
"The movie belongs to Mulligan, whose Jenny looks like Audrey Hepburn when she puts her hair up and dons a black dress, and like every teenage girl who's had her heart broken when she cries."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle 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
"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
"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)
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"An Education argues that life -- and the human heart -- are far too complicated merely to be studied. They need to be experienced."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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
"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
"Trite, whitewashed, simplistic, and sexless."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
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