Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society (1989)

Robin Williams toned down his usually manic comic approach in this successful period drama. In 1959, the Welton Academy is a staid but well-respected prep school where education is a pragmatic and rather dull affair. Several of the… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 2, 1989
DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Affecting performances from the young cast and a genuinely inspirational turn from Robin Williams grant Peter Weir's prep school drama top honors.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

A refreshing if obvious drama.

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Variety Staff

Story sings whenever Williams is onscreen. Screen belongs just as often to Leonard, who as Neil has a quality of darting confidence mixed with hesitancy. Hawke, as the painfully shy Todd, gives a haunting performance.

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Josh Larsen

I can't help but melt underneath this movie: it chisels away the cynic and gets at the sap.

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Hank Gallo
New York Daily News

On the surface Robin Williams appears to be giving his standard performance as Prof. Keating - witty, sincere and lovable. But there's much more here.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The moral divisions set up between characters are childishly overdrawn; and, worst of all, the behavior shown by the boys and adults frequently reeks of falsity and contrivance.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's not so easy to dismiss Dead Poets Society. For all its faults, it still has as much power as it ever did.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Williams, who has comparatively little screen time, has come to act, not to cut comic riffs, and he does so with forceful, ultimately compelling, simplicity.

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Time Out

Weir infuses the film with his customary mysticism, but more importantly, draws sensitive performances from his largely inexperienced cast.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Williams keeps a stiff upper lip, showing a more sedate and sensitive side, and the Oscar-winning screenplay provides a strong backbone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Liam Gadd
A prime example of seeing a film at the right age and at the right time.
Alex roy
Dead Poets Society is a well crafted drama with a great cast and a compelling story that is engaging from start to finish. The film boasts a powerful… More
Chris Weber
Set in a picturesque New England boys's prep school in the late 1950s, what we get here is an inspiring story of an unconventional young English teacher… More
Adriel Lim
Incredible. There hasn't been a film that isn't so attuned to my own concerns, with the truest of sympathies, this film is everything that all my life… More
Mark Walker
Robin Williams was predominantly known for his hilarity and exuberant sense of fun before he finally started to show that he had acting chops. In 1987, he… More
Paulo Gabuat
Dead Poets Society is a topnotch drama that succeeds in most aspects, having both a well-written story and a cast full of outstanding performances. Though its… More