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Movie Review: Best Picture Nominee An Education (4 of 10)

March 2, 2010

An Education was released in theatres on October 23rd, and is coming to DVD on March 30th. We have not previously published reviews of this title.

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An Education Review By John C.

**** (out of 4)

An Education is quite simply a wonderful film. Peter Sarsgaard plays an older man who seduces a teenage girl with the world of high culture. Sarsgaard gives such a great performance, that even the audience is at first fooled, though we clearly know something’s not right. The story is smart and funny, and has a great twist that I didn’t see coming.

Carey Mulligan gives an excellent, breakout performance as Jenny. At just 24 years old, the young actress is able to seamlessly make the transition from pretty schoolgirl to beautiful young lady, without ever missing a beat. Alfred Molina plays her father, and perhaps the best scene in the film comes from one between them, though they are separated by a closed door.

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An Education Review By Erin V.

***3/4 (out of 4)

I didn’t like this film as much as some did, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. Of particular note, the film rides on the brilliant performance of Carey Mulligan as Jenny, a role that’s landed her a coveted Best Actress nomination.

The film is slightly slow-moving I found, but still paced pretty well. I would recommend seeing it mostly for the acting (strong on all fronts), but also because it is in one of the 10 spots. I think it deserves to be there, but I don’t see it as ever having a chance at winning.

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An Education Review By Nicole

**** (out of 4)

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An Education Review By Maureen

**** (out of 4)

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An Education Review By Tony

**** (out of 4)

N/A

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Consensus: Though a wonderful film, An Education has just not been able to hold its own as the season progressed. Very deserving of its nomination, but it is not actually going to win. **** (Out of 4)

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