An Education

Drama • PG-13 • Directed by: Lone Scherfig • 100 minutes

★★★★★

A 17-year-old girl meets an older man in 1960 London.

Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent, Alfred Molina, Carey Mulligan,

Viewer reviews

Excellent
★★★★★
Excellent British drama, reflecting what could happen in real life, all actors played a great roll in this movie — J abdul

Emma's acting was beyond intoxicating
★★★★★
Absolutely mesmerizing, brilliant acting by Emma Thompson. The kind of movie that has such beautiful engaging acting that you can watch it over and over eben knowing where the story is going simply because it's such a total pleasure to see such compelling acting. Richard Darlington — Richardd9229

Outstanding
★★★★★
This was an outstanding movie that reminded me of and Audrey Hepburnesque film. The actors were superb. I am so glad I purchased this one. — Jeffrey B. Duncan

Fantastic
★★★★★
An amazing film with amazing acting and a great story line. — paulo647

Perfect
★★★★★
This was such a great movie! Definitely one of the best I've seen this year. I recommend it for sure! — Katie45100

Definitely a MUST WATCH
★★★★★
Do yourself a favor and watch this movie. More of a chick flick but the story line is amazing! Has a great ending!!! — Jessie127

The British version of "Legally Blonde"
★★★★★
I saw how this movie was going to end the second I was introduced to the male protagonist. The predictability of the characters and plot painfully contrasted with the film's eagerness to be authentic. It may be because the subject at hand is one which is always played out in the same motions: older man woes and beguiles the very young and naive girl; a story that all of us know so well we may as well have written this script ourselves. This is one of those plots where in reality it is forthright and inspiring, however in theory- and in film- it fails to enlighten or strike an empathetic chord. All said and done, I adore Carey Mulligan and in my eyes she can do no wrong. Not to mention she fiercely and fervently owns the enriched vocabulary of her character. If nothing else, this film is at least serves as a testament to the fall of the english language in the decades following the 1960's. — Redsoxnationruler

A Masterful Education
★★★★★
Captivating. And Carey Mulligan is lit from within; the personification of effervescent intelligence and beauty and nuance and soul. I want to crawl into her world, in London, in the 60's, in love with a burgeoning life ... — brukta

great movie.. worth the rent..not sure about buying though
★★★★★
*****SPOILER ALERT****** ok so i loved this movie definitely didn't expect ewans character to be married…that was sad, she dropped out of school and almost lost everything she worked so hard for to be with this man who was married and ultimately ended up leaving..i like that she had that teacher to help her out and that she eventually got back everything she lost.. great coming of age movie — mylyfemyrulz

Great Movie, what's with the price?
★★★★★
This is a wonderful movie an I have been waiting to buy it. It is still $14.99 and has been on iTunes for over a year. By now it should have dropped to at least $9.99. — La Silver

Beautiful!
★★★★
Watch it. Enough said. — Molly_SG

Not too shabby
★★★★★
Coming from a die hard chick flicker, this movie was okay. I'm not really into the whole gloomy, English thing though. But the characters were charming and I loved some of the scenery and the wardrobe! I can't say this is a feel-good movie or anything, but it's not like a good romantic movie comes out that often so we have to take what we can get, right? — Ash1207

Brilliant but maddening.
★★★★★
It was highly recommended to me and even though I LOVED it I regret to say, however, I wish I hadn't watched it. The 16 year old girl risks her academic education and chances at being accepted to Oxford for a life of life, meaning, and music. With that said, it drives the audience to conform with the girls decision because it is most important to be happy. And I believed the whole moral was that the most important education is to learn how to find a life that you want, but the whole movie undermines it when the climax of the movie actually becomes the ending. No resolution between the older man and her which made me PISSED but conversely (and for reasons I can't understand) I love this film. Except now, everything that is French makes me cry. — doublemyfaruky

Great movie
★★★★★
I was so impressed by this movie I loved it — lambo1382

AGGGGGGGGGG
★★★★★
This movie was amazing. The acting was great, the cinematography was great, the screenplay was amazing. Plus Carey Mulligan was so much better than Sandra Bullock, even though I like Sandra Bullock. My only problem is that I can't rent it. I want to watch one of my favorite movies but I can't because it's not available. I mean, they have it available for H.D. but they don't have the rent version available? Come on Itunes! This is bull! — Pepper Potters

ok movie...not all that at all! =[
★★★★★
this story is fresh and all but it being a movie makes it even boring ....men i watched the begining then did something while its playing then at the end and i was like thats it..... =[ — Honest cutie

Such a touching story!
★★★★★
You disappear in the story and the characters become you! So full of life, truthfulness and desire for adventure! Just when you feel you have grasped the story, it slips away and makes unpredictable turn. — adventures creature

Education of Life
★★★★★
The title of Lone Scherfig's An Education refers not to the academic education that sixteen year old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is expected to achieve, not to mention her scholarship to oxford, but rather the life education that she receives and experiences through her romantic infatuation with 35 year old David (Peter Sarsgaard), as well as the lessons that she learns about herself and her own naivety. The year is 1961, and Jenny is a girl who is full of life and is interested in music, French culture, and essentially living life to the fullest. She wants to go to Paris, and to experience romance and possibility. Her parents, Jack and Marjorie, played by Alfred Molina and Cara Seymour, are loving, doting people who only want the best for their daughter. They worry mostly about her financial and domestic security, which David seems very willing to offer her. Jenny is almost immediately wooed by David's silver tongue and charm, although I'm not sure if she is necessarily moved by him as much as the idea of him allowing her and encouraging her to spread her wings and fly. She has the opportunity to abandon her schooling, and her future at Oxford for a life of romance, Parisian living, freedom from the rules and regulations of her life at home, and for whatever else a life with David comes with. But is the cost of losing an education really something worth gambling over? Is the life that Jenny so dearly dreams of and desires all it seems to be? Is David really what he seems to be? Is he honest and true, loyal and compassionate and perfect? Of course he is not, and that is the point. He is 35, she is 16. He is very interested in sex with her, and eventually she is deeply interested in sex with him, but this is not the foundation of their infatuation. There is something more, but the level at which it would become a full-time, working relationship is just out of reach. Skarsgaard plays David so cunning and so debonair that I lost sight of the character's sleaziness at times, and the disturbing, somewhat sinister nature of the relationship itself. The screenplay, by Nick Hornby, whose novel About a Boy was made into a brilliant film by the Weitz brothers in 2002, is very tender and smart, but I felt the final sequences were a bit contrived. I won't go to into detail, but let's just say that sometimes a clean resolution is not what a story like this calls for. I wanted a bit more, and then it was over, and some of the less explained parts of David's life were sort of wished away. Although this did prove a bit distracting, some of the moments leading up to the finale were brilliantly acted by Alfred Molina and Emma Thompson, who both are delightful to watch in this film. Molina has a golden way with words, in which he turns every line into a father's plea for his daughter to understand his point of view, and where he is truly coming from. Thompson also proves to be very convincing as the Headmistress of Jenny's school, who doesn't seem to care very deeply about Jenny's future. I think that this film is almost completely carried on Carey Mulligan's back, and she has a great talent as a young actress: she manages to play a likable, even lovable, teenaged girl who is anything but perfect and lives through her own flaws. I think that all of the recent comparisons to Audrey Hepburn are spot on, and that her oscar nomination is looming around the corner. She is so believable and convincing in this part, and she is quite literally the heart and soul of nearly every single scene she is in, even, and sometimes especially, when she is not saying a word, but simply changing her expression a certain way, or staring in wonder at the world that surrounds her. — Jonescatcher

It sucked
★★★★
It's boring and I thought the old guy was a perv idk why it has almost 5 stars — RisCafe

No, just no...
★★★★
Boring. Predictable. Unimaginative. — the_crg_lives

Nice
★★★★★
Woooow — Gamboa

Good
★★★★★
This movie is pretty good , I mean people need to break out of the sterotypes when it comes to females and males dating someone older , love is love n we need to enjoy it — Cloudyceling

Great date movie
★★★★★
I thought this film was very balanced and moved at a near perfect clip...the storyline is about a girl learning about the world and people - sometimes those things are ugly and weird and the film depicts that very elegantly and should not be judged by the fact that it mentions antisemitism or portrays a scandalous sexual relationship. — jjmagaro

Terrible
★★★★
This was the worst movie ever!!! I hated this movie sooo much!!! It was awful!!! Never watch this movie!!! — EllaFrenchy7575

Wow
★★★★★
To those that may be put off by the fact that being Jewish is looked down upon, the story is true to the time period. I think that although somewhat predictable, that people should watch this with an open mind because it really is a hidden treasure, and the sexual content just adds more depth to the story and isn't really focused upon. Definitly check this movie out! — boook worm

Cute Movie!
★★★★
I thought the movie was cute. Good story line. Worth renting! — Ashley0324

Good
★★★★
I gave it a four for it's predictability, but other wise this flic was good. When watching it, it is important to keep the whole setting in mind. Time and place are really important and I believe many might have overlooked those key things. — The Boss39

Beats hollywood
★★★★
If you're feeling unfulfilled with all the box office 'smash hits' then you may find comfort in this little gem. While nothing knew.. a story told many times.. it's certainly fresh compared to what gets cinema action these days. Well acted, filmed.. thumbs up. — MikeIvy

Wow
★★★★★
Despite the hollywood sort of happy ending, it was well written, well acted and engaging. Rent it if you would like to be educated. — Sally, That Girl!

Carey
★★★★
Carey mulligan should do another doctor who episode!!! — tvinds

Simply disgusting
★★★★★
I rented this movie thinking it would be a fresh romantic chic flic I could watch with my parents. I did not expect the muc older man to ask the girl half way through the movie if he could " take a peak". Revolting if you ask me. And sorry if I "ruined" this movie for you because that's pretty much what the plot was all about. — 2012...the end.

Stylishly desicable
★★★★
An elegantly crafted work of bigotry. Quite offensive. The fact that the antagonist was Jewish is made central to the story and her final redemption portrayed as a "cleansing" from the corruption. One review further up and written in Arabic takes gleeful joy in this portrayal. Had the character been a Muslim or anyone else for that matter, I doubt the film would have been made. It simply plays into newly acceptable hatreds. I guess what's old is new again. — ?!??!?

Not what I expected
★★★★
I thought it was actually pretty good! — Unknown1489377534

Whatever, it was a great movie!
★★★★★
I loved this movie!!! — Frenchy7589

characters were completely unrealistic
★★★★
the parents were way to guillible and only the character of david was realistic. i do not understand how a person would not question what was going on at all. — MRose*

It Stopped!
★★★★★
I loved this movie... until it stopped playing with 25 minutes left in the film. It was basically on permanent pause. I've tried everything to get it to finish playing, but nothing works! I rented it, so maybe that's why it stopped, but I still think it should play all the way through! — laurenlouu

A tad overrated
★★★★
The acting, script, and directing are all great. Sadly, it's lost a bit on the mediocre story which was far too predictable. It starts off great but then at about the hour mark you know exactly what's going to happen so it gets a bit boring. — Cammycakes

very interesting point of view
★★★★★
this movie was a classic, i really liked it it was one of the best films i seen this year. — ALEXJ2002

Surprised
★★★★
This movie was actually enjoyable. I do wish they had picked a real Brit for the male lead. However, Carey Mulligan was amazing. I have never seen her before in a movie and she blew me away. The story line makes you cringe and at the same time smile...yeah I know strange. I really did enjoy this movie and recommend to anyone who watches a lot of movies. — Luv4quest

Can't believe it was an Oscar nomination!
★★★★
This movie was one of the worst movies I have seen!! I assume the storyline would appeal to a 12 year old girl but not an adult entertaining movie. Alfred Molina played the father and was great as always, just can't believe he chose this movie. — Londoncsii

AMAZING.
★★★★★
This movie is Fantastic! I LOVED it<3 Especially since I'm a teenage girl who is attracted to older guys, I can relate haha. — erinnicolex3

Wonderful !
★★★★★
Simply marvelous ... — acdeg

Movie
★★★★★
Ok — brighteyesldy

Great film!
★★★★
This was a great thought provoking movie. — StpCollabr8nLstn

Wouldn't recommend
★★★★
Half way I turned it off because it was just gross to see some old guy ask to see some 16 year old girls boobs. — Dahizzle

HORRIBLE!
★★★★
one of the WORST movies I've ever watched, story was horrible, cast was even worse, not even worth the time to watch it. in my opinion was a complete waste of my time. — CraftyMofo

Amazing
★★★★★
This movie was absolutely fantastic. I want their clothes! — Drew\Devon\Doug

It's alright
★★★★★
Saw this with my boyfriend. After about ten minutes, we were going to leave, but wanted to see if the story would progress. The relationship between Jenny and David is, at best, awkward and unromantic (if that's a word LOL). They never say "i love you" and just end up sleeping together, which bothered me. It's a good watch for older teens and adults. I'd say about 16 and older can watch this film. It's a good lesson for young women, yet it's also sad. — Michelle L. Smith

Make it a rental!
★★★★
Why are crap films like transylmania rentable and good films like this not? Make it a rental!!!!!!!!!!!! — Andr913

Just a weird movie...
★★★★
Saw this and basically fell asleep it was so boring...finished it later and the ending was just weird! — theFourthRunnerUp