Fourth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards


     

Mona Lisa Smile

Directed by: Mike Newell

Written by: Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal

Starring: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Marcia Gay Harden, Dominic West, Topher Grace

Primary Genres:
Drama; Historical

2003 Cosmique Movie Awards

  • Nominations:  none
  • Awards:  none

Ratings

  • Viewers33% of raters (39th place)
  • Average Rating: 5.50 (56th place)
  • Weighted Rank: 183 (51st place)

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In Mona Lisa Smile, Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) accepts a art history lectureship at Wellesley College in 1953 hoping to educate and enlighten her students, only to find that they are more interested in pursuing an M.R.S. in marriage rather than a graduate degree.

 

Cosmique Movie Nominations

  • none



Reviews from Cosmo Voters:

    Many critics and fans alike seem to have hated this film - calling it a tired, labored feminist drama that was shrill and man-hating. The vehemence of the rhetoric (and the term "man-hating" in particular) suggests that perhaps the film's message is still needed after all.

    The film's message isn't that women should avoid marriage in order to achieve personal excellence. Rather, it's that women should feel that they needn't sacrifice one for the other, that they may indeed "have it all."

    Although Julia Roberts is the star of the film, her own personal storyline is far less interesting than those of her students. The evolution of her character was predictable and uninteresting, her romantic involvements passť, and I found myself eagerly awaiting the film to move back to the supporting cast.

    And what a cast! I have long said that Kirsten Dunst is the finest actress of her generation. She has demonstrated with numerous films, starting with Interview With the Vampire and moving through The Cat's Meow, that she is capable of a powerful performance filled with subtlety and nuance. And in Mona Lisa Smile, she doesn't disappoint. But the film also shows that as Kirsten Dunst is maturing, so is her peer group, and she now has competition. I loved Julia Stile's performance, although I know many who hated it. And Maggie Gyllenhaal delivered a powerful performance that seems to be universally regarded as among the best.

    It's unclear to me where this film may end up on my Cosmo ballot. Possibly Best Historical, depending on the competition. It's a fictional story with fictional characters, but it's set in an identifiable historical context and reflects the issues of that time, so in that sense, it merits consideration in that category. And it may also merit consideration in Best Ensemble as well.

    My grade: B



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