Harold and Maude
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A re-release of Hal Ashby's 1972 cult classic about an attention-seeking, suicidal young man (Bud Court) who is redeemed by his friendship with an aging eccentric (Ruth Gordon).
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"The fact that [it] isn't very funny and, like its 80-year-old heroic, long outlives its necessary life, is less important than the fact that the characters frequently react gently or like credible human beings to the script's impossible notions."
‑ Richard McGuinness, Village Voice
"[Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon] both are so aggressive, so creepy and off-putting."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"cuts through the superficial surfaces of conventional romance and digs into what actually draws people together"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A classic of dark comedy."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"weird, very very weird"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Simpleminded, but it's fairly inoffensive, at least until Ashby lingers over the concentration-camp serial number tattooed on Gordon's arm. Some things are beyond the reach of whimsy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The visual style makes everyone look fresh from the Wax Museum, and all the movie lacks is a lot of day-old gardenias and lilies and roses in the lobby, filling the place with a cloying sweet smell. Nothing more to report today."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Unlike claustrophobically cute odd-couple movies, bottles some of the flavour of its time. Harold's fake suicides are a pale defiance and reflection of his cloistered, sapped life. The vital counterculture (Maude) helps Harold avoid the army."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"If there's one comedy to represent the woof and warp of the early '70s, "Harold and Maude" is it."
‑ Cole Smithey, Daily Radar
"It's not quite a romance, not quite a buddy picture. It is, however, one of the '70s quirkiest comedies, and its bleak morbidity is uncommonly matched by its over-the-top hilarity."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It is most successful when it keeps to the tone of an insane fairystory set up at the beginning of the movie."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Marked by a few good gags, but marred by a greater preponderance of sophomoric, overdone and mocking humor."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This darkly humorous ,romantic comedy between an introvert adolescent and and old spunky woman, is playing it too safe to be considered truly anti-establishment, but it became a cult picture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A doggedly eccentric film which some will reject out of hand. Others will find it profundly moving and life affirming."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The epitome of a film that you can't believe you're laughing at, but you are. A lot. It hurts. In a good way."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
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