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"One word: plastics." "Are you here for an affair?" These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols' landmark hit. Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents' pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"The emotional elevation of the film is due in no small measure to the extraordinarily engaging performances of Anne Bancroft as the wife-mother-mistress, Dustin Hoffman as the lumbering Lancelot, and Katherine Ross as his fair Elaine."
‑ Andrew Sarris, Village Voice
"The film itself is very broken-backed, partly because Anne Bancroft's performance as the mother carries so much more weight than Katharine Ross' as the daughter, partly because Nichols couldn't decide whether he was making a social satire or a farce."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Rewatching The Graduate is a true time travel."
‑ Anna Tatarska, Movie Mezzanine
"Having an unlikeable protagonist is fine if our sympathy and understanding are effectively directed elsewhere. The problem, then, is that I can't figure out where, or who, that might be."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Here's to you, Mrs Robinson."
‑ , Film4
"It's consistently fleet and funny, even as it probes the heady abandon and looming hangover that typified the decade of discontent."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Makes you feel a little tearful and choked-up while it is making you laugh yourself raw."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"[VIDEO ESSAY] The otherness that Ben feels points to the film's most overlooked and underappreciated aspect; Ben is a Jew passing as an all-American WASP at a time in America when discrimination against Jews was prevalent."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Influential coming-of-age sex comedy."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"Rather a shame it's so often mistaken for a statement about something beyond the milk-fed adolescent blues."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A delightful, satirical comedy-drama."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"Mike Nichols and veteran cinematographer Robert Surtees threw out the DGA playbook for The Graduate."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"A safe and calculated popular landmark film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mike Nichols' seminal film at once reflected the generation gap and also widened it, giving youths a clear voice, indigenous music, villains (all adults), and a sympathtic anti-hero, played to perfection by Dustin Hoffman in a career-making turn."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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