An Education
An Education (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 9, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the latter part of the film may not appeal to all, An Education is a charming coming-of-age tale powered by the strength of relative newcomer Carey Mulligan's standout performance.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A beguiling little film that, with deceptive restraint and forthrightness, opens up worlds of roiling, contradictory emotions.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

What's good about Mulligan's performance is that it's subtle, and seemingly very natural. What's underwhelming about An Education is that all the drama that naturally occurs in a situation like Jenny's was missing.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Michael Dequina

Carey Mulligan announces herself as a major name to watch.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

An Education argues that life -- and the human heart -- are far too complicated merely to be studied. They need to be experienced.

Jason Best
Movie Talk

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Good, but slightly disappointing as I really expected to love this one. Something about that character just annoyed the living crap out of me, I found her smug… More
Daniel Perry
One of the weakest Best Picture nominees in recent memory - though it's no Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - An Education tells of a hard lesson… More
Jens S.
Has the heart at the right spot and comes with fine acting performances, especially by the great Molina and then-newcomer Mulligan but lacks a bit of punch. The… More
Wildaly M
The plot is not exactly satisfying to my taste but I cannot deny that you have some very good performances here. Mulligan and Molina are perfect for their… More
Carlos Magalhães
A charming, provocative and, above all, mature coming-of-age drama with a simple yet morally complex story that never gives in to easy solutions - and, while… More
Cynthia S.
Silly girl! Bastard guy!