Mona Lisa Smile PG-13

In a world that told them how to think, she showed them how to live.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 9, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers
    • Art Forum
    • College Then and Now
    • Music Video: Elton John "The Heart of Every Girl"
    • What Women Wanted: 1953
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    • Filmographies

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Entertainment Reviews:

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Total Count: 152

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 208,208
Just what we need: a pyjama party posing as a movie. Full Review
London Evening Standard
Dec 19, 2017
The cartoon notions of the '50s and snooty Easterners say more about Hollywood cluelessness than about the period the film condescends to...lacking the courage of its own vulgarity, Mona Lisa Smile is as tepid as old bathwater. Full Review
Newsweek
Mar 12, 2018
Rating: B- -- Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal furnish well-observed performances that frequently outshine Julia Roberts's reflex characterization in this female variant of "Dead Poets Society." Full Review
ColeSmithey.com
May 12, 2009
Roberts' famous smile suits this material....The support is strong too: MONA LISA SMILE might be read as a master-class for the next generation of Hollywood leading women.
Sight and Sound
Mar 1, 2004
Mike Newell takes the road most travelled in tackling the sexual apartheid and hysteria of the 1950s. Full Review
Low IQ Canadian
May 14, 2004
[A] stunningly executed example of period production design.
Premiere
May 1, 2004
Rating: 1/4 -- Roberts asks her students rhetorical questions: What makes art good or bad? Who decides? But the movie answers them as canonically as the syllabus Roberts abandons. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 10, 2004

Product Description:

Mike Newell's MONA LISA SMILE is a pretty period film that combines a quaint pedagogical tale with a feminist dissection of traditional female roles in 1950s society. Julia Roberts leads an impressive cast of top young actresses including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst, and Julia Stiles. Roberts is Katherine Watson, a revolutionary art history teacher at Wellesley College in 1953. Though she has true admiration for her intelligent all-female students, she is perturbed that their interest in finding husbands takes precedence over their studies. Determined to instruct them in feminist values and teach them to be independent--defying the college's emphasis on breeding good wives, mothers, and homemakers--Watson is deemed subversive by the administration. Even Watson's identity--from California, over 30 years old, and unmarried--is problematic. And when she turns her class onto modern art rather than teaching the recommended classical curriculum, Watson is severely chastised by the staunchly conservative students and faculty.

Beautiful photography of the picture-perfect Wellesley campus combined with a perpetual parade of lovely period costumes makes MONA LISA SMILE a visual delight. Strong performances by each of the actresses, including Dunst uncharacteristically cast as a prim and proper prude, and Marcia Gay Harden as a boring tv-addicted spinster, only add to the splendor of this enjoyable film.

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  • Theatrical Release: DECEMBER 19, 2003
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 64,715
  • UPC: 043396100756
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