Harold and Maude
Harold and Maude (1971)

Harold, the 20-year-old son of a wealthy, neglectful woman, tries to gain attention for himself with various hilariously staged "suicides." Obsessed with death, Harold meets a like-minded 79-year-old woman named Maude. Harold and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 20, 1971
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hal Ashby's comedy is too dark and twisted for some, and occasionally oversteps its bounds, but there's no denying the film's warm humor and big heart.

Richard McGuinness
Village Voice

The fact that [it] isn't very funny and, like its 80-year-old heroic, long outlives its necessary life, is less important than the fact that the characters frequently react gently or like credible human beings to the script's impossible notions.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon] both are so aggressive, so creepy and off-putting.

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Josh Larsen

Bud Cort delivers one of the all-time cinematic expressions of existential horror.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Simpleminded, but it's fairly inoffensive, at least until Ashby lingers over the concentration-camp serial number tattooed on Gordon's arm. Some things are beyond the reach of whimsy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The visual style makes everyone look fresh from the Wax Museum, and all the movie lacks is a lot of day-old gardenias and lilies and roses in the lobby, filling the place with a cloying sweet smell. Nothing more to report today.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

cuts through the superficial surfaces of conventional romance and digs into what actually draws people together

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It is most successful when it keeps to the tone of an insane fairystory set up at the beginning of the movie.

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Variety Staff

Marked by a few good gags, but marred by a greater preponderance of sophomoric, overdone and mocking humor.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Unlike claustrophobically cute odd-couple movies, bottles some of the flavour of its time. Harold's fake suicides are a pale defiance and reflection of his cloistered, sapped life. The vital counterculture (Maude) helps Harold avoid the army.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A lovable film that continues to resonate for long after it is over and makes you wish it would never end - and the best about it is how the relationship… More
Emile Tremblay
A movie that talks about life and death by defying any possible norms one would set for oneself. And the movie still succeeds in being coherent and in sending… More
Daniel Mumby
Hal Ashby is the master of the slow-burning gem. His films aren't always the most visually remarkable, or the easiest to get into, but the longer you spend… More
Mark Walker
Director Hal Ashby made a name for himself throughout the 70's with several high-quality films like "Being There", "The Last Detail"… More
Dan Schultz
A sublime, well-acted, surprisingly moving black comedy of a young man (Bud Cort) who is obsessed with death, and how he meets and falls in love with a 79-year… More
Jennifer D
A sweet, morbid black comedy that I was entranced with from the very beginning. Gordon and Cort are fantastic against each other. A feisty, fiery old lady and… More