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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: 88%

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"The Graduate gives some substance to the contention that American films are coming of age -- of our age."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"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
"It isn't often one gets even half a film as funny as this."
‑ Tom Milne, Observer [UK]
"[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
"The remarkably true ring of Webb's dialogue is preserved and augmented, the visual potential lifted to next power in absurdity."
‑ John Mahoney, Hollywood Reporter
"The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Penelope Houston, The Spectator
"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
"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
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