Liberal Arts
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Newly single and uninspired by his job in college admissions, the introverted Jesse Fisher (Josh Radnor) lives with his head buried in a book. His deep nostalgia for his own alma mater in Ohio - the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars - makes him wonder if his best days are behind him. So when his favorite professor (Richard Jenkins) invites him back to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance. Meeting Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) - a precocious classical music-loving sophomore - awakens in Jesse long-dormant feelings of possibility and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Poetic justice Is served in insightful LIBERAL ARTS"
‑ Chase Whale,
"As a comedy of manners, 'Liberal Arts' is perfectly likeable.But you might find its talky touchy-feeliness on the smug side."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Liberal Arts is a resolutely vanilla-flavored concoction but still pleasant, amiable, and a little more thoughtful than your average rom-com."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"LIBERAL ARTS never manages to turn these great performances and familiar dilemmas into something substantial."
‑ Meredith Borders, Badass Digest
" enthralling sophomore effort from an almost excessively promising filmmaker..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"For a film about aging and romanticism, "Liberal Arts" feels like it needs a more mature script."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"There are some entertaining and moving scenes here, but, overall, it's a bit softhearted for my taste."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"An exuberant, heartfelt concoction, the kind of sunny comedy that's good for the soul."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Pajiba
"Liberal laughs are guaranteed but memorable it ain't."
‑ James Croot,
"A writer/director/star, casting himself as the guy who's irresistible to all sorts of women? Woody Allen's been pulling that trick for about 40 years."
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"Liberal Arts maneuvers its story in a philosophical way that is anything but detached. There's a warmth here that reminds audiences why college -- and, dare we say, their core curriculums? -- matter."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
""Liberal Arts" sticks to the syllabus of a decidedly minor movie, but its humanities faculty is first-rate."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Some of the insights are a bit simplistic but for most of the running time, the film is an enjoyable diversion."
‑ Cory Everett, The Playlist
"A diverting generational three-way dialogue between those barely out of their teens, those in their mid thirties and those well north of fifty."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"A warm, funny and, one imagines, rather personal film, one that's all about falling in and out of love, not just with people and places but the ideas they can sometimes embody."
‑ Tom Clift, Moviedex
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