The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Based on the novel by Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie stars Maggie Smith in the title role. Smith won an Academy Award for her delicately textured portrayal of an eccentric teacher at an exclusive Scottish girl's school. Miss Jean exhorts her "gels" to follow their hearts and never lose their youthful idealism. Unfortunately for her, she also stumps for her favorite political figures: Mussolini and Franco. In addition, she can't keep the innermost details of her private life a secret, and in fact boasts about her sex life to her students. Her prize pupil (Pamela… 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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