The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 2, 1969
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

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,

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Christopher Null

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.

Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Maggie Smith deservedly won the 1969 Best Actress Oscar for playing a charismatic, authoritarian teacher in a Scottish girls school in the early 1930s.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Some memorable performances don't quite make Jean Brodie feel like real cinema.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Maggie Smith in one of those technically stunning, emotionally distant performances that the British are so damn good at.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...stripped of [star Maggie Smith's] presence, there's no doubt that the film would be a complete bore.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
I hope Maggie Smith isn't crestfallen to have me say "wow, I didn't realize she WAS so beautiful," but she was definitely a beauty in this… More
Mark Hobin
Astonishing performance from Maggie Smith highlights this somewhat stuffy character study about a forward thinking schoolteacher who refuses to follow the… More
Jim Hunter
A tyrannical but occasionally charming teacher indoctrinates her students at a boarding school. This is a profoundly interesting film. The educator initially… More
Daniel Perry
A classic of character development - the four girls in this film are outstanding, and so is Robert Stephens. I just wonder how many times Joan Cusack watched… More
Lanning : )
It's been many years since I've seen this movie starring Dame Maggie Smith, who won an Oscar for Best Actress in the titular role. I'm reminded… More
John Ballantine
Interesting how Maggie Smith got into the older roles at such a young age. She gives a wonderful and memorable performance every time out though.