The Graduate
The Graduate (1967)

"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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The music, the performances, the precision in capturing the post-college malaise -- The Graduate's coming-of-age story is indeed one for the ages.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The Graduate gives some substance to the contention that American films are coming of age -- of our age.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

It's consistently fleet and funny, even as it probes the heady abandon and looming hangover that typified the decade of discontent.

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Tom Milne
Observer [UK]

It isn't often one gets even half a film as funny as this.

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John Mahoney
Hollywood Reporter

The remarkably true ring of Webb's dialogue is preserved and augmented, the visual potential lifted to next power in absurdity.

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TIME Magazine

The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator

The most engaging thing about Mike Nichols is his awareness, strong enough to remind you of the late, great Preston Sturges, of how to use bland and idiotic exaggeration as a comic safety-valve.

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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine

Rewatching The Graduate is a true time travel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
You can't get more iconic than this. The Graduate is flawlessly written, deftly acted, and superbly touches us with its unconventionality and ultimate… More
Alex roy
The Graduate is an effective comedy that is a definite classic. Dustin Hoffman gives a great performance here, and this is a great film. The Graduate is a mix… More
Albert Kim
Could "The Graduate" be the first art-house movie of all time? Ehh, I don't think so, but it's definitely a game-changer. At its time,… More
KJ Proulx
The film moves at a very fast pace and the performances feel so real that you forget you are watching a movie sometimes. After Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman)… More
Lucas Martins
With the soundtrack, screenplay, direction and performances The Graduate become one of the most tense and remarkable love stories in cinema.
Sanjay Rema
The overall synopsis isn't too interesting, but the way it's delivered is. Dustin Hoffman carries this movie with his quirky take on a… More

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