American Graffiti
American Graffiti (1973)

This Academy Award-nominated classic, voted one of the American Film Institute's top 100 Films Of All Time, features the coming of age of four teenagers on their last summer night before college. Rediscover drag racing, Inspiration… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 1, 1973
DVD Release Date: September 15, 1998
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of the most influential of all teen films, American Graffiti is a funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet look at a group of recent high school grads' last days of innocence.

Alan R. Howard
Hollywood Reporter

The movie is a comic poem which celebrates the past but also catalogues its textures with telling precision. American Graffiti looks like no other movie, an achievement which is always the best measure of a truly gifted director.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A brilliant work of popular art, it redefined nostalgia as a marketable commodity and established a new narrative style, with locale replacing plot, that has since been imitated to the point of ineffectiveness.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Maybe the best film about teenagers ever made.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

This superb and singular film catches not only the charm and tribal energy of the teen-age 1950s but also the listlessness and the resignation that underscored it all like an incessant bass line in one of the rock-'n'-roll songs of the period.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film that launched a thousand careers.

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Total Film

[A] hugely influential docu-drama.

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A.D. Murphy

There is brilliant interplaying and underplaying, of script, performers and direction which will raise howls of laughter from audiences, yet never descends on the screen to overdone mugging, pratfall and other heavy-handed devices normally employed.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

American Graffiti acts almost as a milestone to show us how far (and in many cases how tragically) we have come.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Wonderfully evoking the feel and spirit of the era, this is one of those rare movies you live through rather than watch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
George Lucas is happily in his element discussing, remembering, life in small town United States before the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the arrival of… More
Lucas Martins
An entertaining and sweet drama comedy with great cast and direction. American Graffiti flaw with a very sad ending to a very funny film. Fresh.
Sam Barnett
My favorite George Lucas film, "American Graffiti" nails youthful nostalgia almost perfectly, with believably charming, yet confused characters, an… More
Alex roy
American Graffiti is George Lucas' second film, and it doesn't deal with Sci Fi adventure like Star Wars and THX 1138. Lucas has made one of the most… More
KJ Proulx
"American Graffiti" is the type of movie that I can see a lot of people disliking, but by the end of the movie, after all the characters go through… More
Aj V
I saw this movie a long time ago, and I always wondered why Lucas directed it. The cast is good, but the story isn't that great. I remember not liking… More