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An Education

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Lone Scherfig

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About the Movie

A suburban London teen finds her traditional education replaced by something slightly more sinister when an older, more worldly suitor sweeps her off of her feet while placing her future in jeopardy. London, 1961: 16-year-old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is smart, attractive, and eager to start her adult life. She's grown tired of the familiar adolescent routine, so when urbane newcomer David (Peter Sarsgaard) appears in town, Jenny senses a rare opportunity to shake things up a bit. Quickly falling under David's spell, the impressionable Jenny begins accompanying her newfound beau to classical concerts, art auctions, crowded pubs, and dinners that stretch into the small hours of the night. But Jenny is brighter than most kids her age, and her parents always dreamt of getting their exceptional daughter into Oxford. These days it seems like she's headed in a different direction — will David ultimately be her undoing, or the person who helps her finally realize her true potential?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 185
  • Fresh: 175
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: You may think you know where the film is going, but its ecstasy and heartbreak will stick with you afterward. It's one of the year's best. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A beguiling little film that, with deceptive restraint and forthrightness, opens up worlds of roiling, contradictory emotions. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Sep 24, 2011

Fresh: An Education is just what the title promises, and a delight, as well. – Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The centerpiece of An Education is the breakout performance of young Carey Mulligan. She is enchanting, and almost convincing as the teenage Jenny, though she can't completely obscure the (justified) suspicion that she's in her twenties and old enough f – Jonathan F. Richards,, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

first review!

This is a lovely story about a teen who feels much older than she is and attempts to take on adult life. This definately wasn't your average teen angst story. One of the better movies I've seen in a while.

Simply Amazing

This was an amazing movie that very few people saw in theaters. I'm glad I was one of these people. It's the best movie of the year, better than last years Slumdog Millionaire, maybe even better than The Lives of Others. Buy it, watch it, be amazed, and look for it to dominate the Oscars.

Brilliant, simply brilliant.

This movie was amazing, I'm glad I was privilaged to see it. I recommend that you buy and watch this film, I know I will. :)

An Education
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2010

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