Harold and Maude
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A young man with a death wish and a 79-year-old high on life find love in Hal Ashby's cult black comedy. Deadpan rich boy Harold (Bud Cort) keeps staging elaborate suicide tableaux to get the attention of his mother (Vivian Pickles), but she keeps planning his brilliant future for him instead. Obsessed with the trappings of death, Harold freaks out his blind dates, modifies his new sports car to look like a mini-hearse, and attends funerals, where he meets the spirited Maude (Ruth Gordon). An eccentric to the core, Maude lives exactly as she pleases, with avid collecting and nude modeling… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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