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Liberal Arts

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Josh Radnor

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About the Movie

Josh Radnor & Elizabeth Olsen in a comic coming-of-age story about an unlikely romance between a jaded 35-year-old college counselor & a precocious 19-year-old student.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 107
  • Fresh: 75
  • Rotten: 32
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There are some entertaining and moving scenes here, but, overall, it's a bit softhearted for my taste. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 28, 2012

Fresh: Liberal Arts maneuvers its story in a philosophical way that is anything but detached. There's a warmth here that reminds audiences why college -- and, dare we say, their core curriculums? -- matter. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Oct 5, 2012

Fresh: Poetic justice Is served in insightful LIBERAL ARTS – Chase Whale,, Nov 8, 2013

Fresh: Liberal Arts is a resolutely vanilla-flavored concoction but still pleasant, amiable, and a little more thoughtful than your average rom-com. – Richard Haridy, Quickflix, Nov 25, 2013

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Customer Reviews

1st place

Finally I found it - the worst movie of 2012…. SLOW … Really slow…

down and out in college

The student roles in this movie are well defined and very well played by Olsen, Efron, and John Magaro. The adults in the movie are generally non-descript--save for the always great Allison Janney--with incomplete plot arcs.

Overall, the movie is a enjoyable take on the college experience from both sides of the lectern/diploma, and that the view from either side is quite different.

Mock on, mock on, etc.

Surprisingly Original

I found this little film to be intelligent, literate, and quite a nice surprise. At first, I was certain I knew where the film's plot line was headed, but soon discovered that the screenplay was not trying to be "typical" in the way it approached the subject matter. The result was highly entertaining. The performances by the main characters were convincing and genuine and the movie's end left me smiling.