Mona Lisa Smile

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2003

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Director:
Mike Newell
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Mona Lisa Smile spotlights Julia Robers as Katherine Ann Watson a free-spirited UCLA graduate who has accepted an art history teaching position at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Massachusetts in 1953. Ms. Watson has some trouble fitting in at this exclusive upper crust institution where students and faculty look down upon public universities, like the one she attended, and where the old-fashion traditions perplex her. Ms. Watson forms strong bonds with her bright students but is concerned that they are not reaching this intellectual potential. Parents and school administration fosters a predetermined path for their students to marry into a good family and not to focus on academics. There are some opportunities for free thinking among the faculty and the students, but they are quickly overshadowed by the overall tone of the school. Ms. Watson does her best to share her beliefs in intellectual freedom with her students and to touch the lives of as many of them as she can.moreless

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  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Mr. Newell is master of the feel-good ensemble piece whose shallowness is partly masked by the expertise of a high-toned cast.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    For all its flaws, its obvious if irrelevant similarity to "Dead Poets Society," it lets us spend some quality time with some of the finest actresses in American film as they give ...

  • 40

    Variety David Rooney

    An appealing female cast gives the hollowly formulaic Mona Lisa Smile more dignity than it perhaps deserves, yet it's Julia Roberts in an ill-suited starring role that represents o...

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Drama

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Historical, love story, gender roles, callous rebellion, old time america