The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Jean Brodie (Maggie Smith) is a teacher of art and music at a posh private school for girls. She inspires her students to learn but also has an obsessive admiration for people like Franco and Mussolini. Her political ideas often clash with the head of the school Miss MacKay (Celia Johnson). The middle aged spinster Brodie has eyes for fellow teacher Gordon Lowther (Gordon Jackson), but his Catholic marriage prevents him from committing to her. She also has lesbian leanings for her impressionable student Sandy (Pamela Franklin), who has an affair with instructor Teddy Lloyd (Robert Stephens).… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Maggie Smith's tour-de-force performance as a school-teacher slipping into spinsterhood is one of several notable achievements in this sentimental and macabre personal tragedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As is so often the case, you can't help thinking that Oscar voters are easily impressed. Watching the film today, Maggie Smith's flamboyant acting looks awfully hammy,"
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Smith is excellent -- and won an Oscar for the role -- helping to elevate the film above what can often be a somewhat stuffy character study."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Maggie Smith is handed a part in the eccentric, trite, purposeful and finally pathetic Jean Brodie which allows her to play to all her considerable strengths."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Maggie Smith deservedly won the 1969 Best Actress Oscar for playing a charismatic, authoritarian teacher in a Scottish girls school in the early 1930s."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Some memorable performances don't quite make Jean Brodie feel like real cinema."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Maggie Smith in one of those technically stunning, emotionally distant performances that the British are so damn good at."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"...stripped of [star Maggie Smith's] presence, there's no doubt that the film would be a complete bore."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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