When Lone Scherfig’s wise, colorful coming-of-age tale An Education was making the festival rounds, all points on the buzz compass were aiming directly at its star, Carey Mulligan, and rightly so. Playing Jenny, the 16 year-old clawing at the strictures of her red-brick-drab London suburb, circa 1961, Mulligan exudes a sparkler-like intellectual charm that never quite manages to hide the confused teenager within. It’s frankly all that the film, and its occasionally rote story, can do to keep up with her…
An Education is in limited release now. Check it out, at the very least for Mulligan’s performance, which will likely be (unfairly) ignored by Oscar voters. Read the full review at filmcritic.com.