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on December 31, 2015
Great movie
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on December 11, 2014
This film is a wonderful and touching "coming-of-age" character study that is beautifully realized and acted. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to explore the emotional landscapes of family, first love, first heart-break, and the sometimes deep pain of becoming an adult. I just loved it!
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on March 6, 2013
For anyone who was a teenager in the 60's - this movie is a must see.
Both Carey Mulligan and Peter Saarsgaard are amazing and I think you will want to watch it more than once.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 28, 2010
The year is 1962, and sixteen-year old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a cello-playing student who hopes to attend Oxford. A chance meeting with a charming man twice her age quickly develops into a romance, opening up an exciting, glamorous world to the young girl.

This is a coming-of-age story with a wonderful script and a stellar cast. Young Carey Mulligan is pretty, funny, sensitive, and gutsy and has loads of charisma. She didn't look quite young enough but was still delightful. Peter Sarsaard plays the older man who sweeps her (and her family) of her feet. He's absolutely convincing as the worldly lecher who pursues Jenny. He gave me the creeps and I couldn't understand why her family welcomed him with such open arms. It was nice to see Emma Thompson in a small but meaty role as Jenny's headmistress.

Although it has disturbing moments, I enjoyed the movie very much and I think Miss Mulligan is destined for many great film roles in the future.
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on April 4, 2010
Based on a memoir by British Journalist Lynn Barber, An Education is the coming of age story of a sixteen year old school girl Jenny who has an affair with a much older man. It is the early 1960s London on the cusp of the swinging sixties and percocious straight A student, Jenny is working hard in preparation for the exams which her parents hope will earn her admission to Oxford. For Jenny, Oxford will mean liberation and the pursuit of a more sophisticated life far from a dull one in the London suburbs. One day while waiting for a bus in the rain a stranger offers her a ride home. This charmer is named David Goldman and he carefully courts her by introducing her to the adult life she yearns for. He also charms her parents, convincing them that it would safe to take their daughter away for weekends and of course to Paris -- after all his aunt will chaperone. Of course there is no real aunt and the so called Aunt Helen is the dipsy girlfriend of his partner in shady business dealings. It seems that the carefree life that David lives is funded by real estate fraud and theft. Jenny turns a blind eye, becomes engaged to him, give up on her dreams of Oxford. Her naive parents agree -- after all Jenny won't need an education if she is married to a nice man? Her teachers are worried that Jenny is throwing all her chances away. When Jenny realized the depth of David's dishonesty, she grows wise and realizes that you cannot take shortcuts in life. Carey Mulligan's performce is complex -- a girl who is intellgent and mature and yet she is still a girl, not as sophisticated as she pretends, a little naive but is nevertheless pert in her sixties fashions. Mulligan recalls a young Audrey Hepburn. Rosamund Pike shines as the impossibly beautiful but dim Helen. Olive Williams is almost unrecognizable under her horn rimmed glasses as one of Jenny's intellegent teachers. An Education is a story about the possibilities of Jenny's life. She learns from what she goes through and gains wisedom which as Lynn Barber later observed in her memoirs, was her real education.
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on March 25, 2010
An intelligent and ambitious young student meets a charming older man, who sweeps her off her feet with his lavish lifestyle, and very quickly threatens to jeopardize her dreams of studying at Oxford.

Carey Mulligan gives an admirably nuanced performance as the precocious 16-year-old Jenny, whose desire to escape her middle-class upbringing makes her ripe for seduction by the apparently world wise and street smart David, played intelligently by Peter Sarsgaard, who manages somehow to make him sympathetic in spite of his sleaziness. The film aims to depict a situation, a period in a young woman's life, without moralizing and without making anyone into either victim or villain, and does so brilliantly.

It is a rich and intriguing film, that brings the Britain of the 1960's to life. Director Lone Sherfig (who directed the darkly comic Wilbur (Wants to Kill Himself) as well as the playful Dogme 95 film Italian for Beginners) manages to capture quite nicely the period, and the subtleties of language and attitude that mark class distinctions of the period. At the same time, while certain attitudes depicted in the film mark it as past, the issues it raises and the freshness of their delivery make the film seem quite contemporary. (On that note, I couldn't help but consider for a moment that Carey Mulligan's Jenny is much like a more refined and elegant version of the spunky and sarcastic Juno as played by Ellen Page). Recommended.
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on March 21, 2010
This is one of those movies you wish they'd make more of. Intelligent, subtle, well-cast, well-acted, and totally deserving of the attention it's received. I couldn't quite believe that the character Jenny was portrayed by the same actress that played Kitty in Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice. Carey Mulligan floored me with her gutsy and honest portrayal of Jenny. She certainly made the world stand up and take notice. Peter Sarsgaard was perfect and Rosamund Pike is as luminous as ever. A quality film that dares to veer away from the tiresome Hollywood formula. Bravo!
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