Mona Lisa Smile

Mona Lisa Smile
Mona Lisa Smile
  • PG-13
  • 1h 59m
  • 2003
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Academy Award ®-winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Erin Brockovich, 2000) leads an all-star cast featuring Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Marcia Gay Harden. Mona Lisa Smile is a funny, inspiring and uplifting film about an art history professor with a lot to teach about life and much to learn about romance.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Though Mona Lisa Smile espouses the value of breaking barriers, the movie itself is predictable and safe.
Chicago Reader
Elizabeth M. Tamny

Roberts asks her students rhetorical questions: What makes art good or bad? Who decides? But the m...

June 17, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers

Women of the Fifties, rise up in protest.

January 29, 2019
Stephanie Zacharek

In terms of the gap between the movie it's trying to be and the movie it actually is, Mona Lisa Sm...

January 29, 2019
Washington Post
Stephen Hunter

Anyone who's ever been moved by a teacher to dream a slightly bigger dream than his parents though...

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Glossy entertainment value but far from art.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very explicit sexual references for a PG-13 movie, including promiscuous characters, adultery, and discussion of birth control (which was illegal in the era portrayed in the movie). Characters drink, some get tipsy, and some abuse alcohol. Just about everyone smokes. Characters use strong language including an ugly anti-Semitic epithet. Strengths of the movie include its efforts to address the issues that would be raised by the feminists of the 1960s and its positive portrayal of a gay character who is accepted without prejudice (though dismissed from her position for other reasons).

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 19, 2003
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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