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Liberal Arts (12A)

Liberal Arts (12A)

Comedy, Drama

When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.

The critical consensus

Jesse’s just a bit too apt to come out with eloquent and meaningful speeches at exactly the right moments; and the quirky supporting characters tend towards the indie stereotype.

***(*)(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 10/09/2012

A perfectly engaging, thoughtful piece perhaps in need of a different voice behind the camera.

***(*)(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 01/10/2012

In the end, like Radnor himself, Liberal Arts is simply likeable.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 04/10/2012

What elevates and enhances the film is the casting of the two leads.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 05/10/2012

Breezy and unobjectionable though Radnor’s film is, it’s a sign of his relative inexperience as a writer that everyone has to wind up telling us what they’ve learnt. For a film that makes the recurring point that a liberal arts education can only get you so far, Liberal Arts comes across as naggingly overeager with its own curriculum.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 04/10/2012

Harmless but overly self-conscious.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 04/10/2012

Despite a misjudged ending, Liberal Arts is a decent, heart-on-the-sleeve movie; it pays its audience the compliment of treating us like intelligent people.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/10/2012

You’d do well to take the film’s advice: read a book instead.

Charlie Lyne, Little White Lies, 04/10/2012

It's a simple film in its dramatic construction but complex in the ideas, experiences and emotions it plays on and is the most intelligent, truthful movie about literature, higher education and the life of the mind since the Curtis Hanson film of Michael Chabon's novel Wonder Boys a dozen years ago.

Philip French, The Observer, 07/10/2012

I recommend Liberal Arts, with caveats. I'd be surprised if you didn't enjoy it a lot. But then you'll wonder whether it's quite as liberal as it makes out.

Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 07/10/2012

An amusing, thoughtful romcom about love, literature and coming of age. Whatever age.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Crocker, Total Film, 28/09/2012

It lacks filmmaking fireworks but Liberal Arts is a B+ for Josh Radnor: strong writing, great performances (Olsen is the real deal) and a touching, upbeat tale for the big-brained and big-hearted.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 01/10/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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