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

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 21, 1967
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% 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.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

As it stands, the vacuum of that warped, moneyed Los Angeles society is too exaggerated, too incredible. But one can't help but believe in Hoffman if not in the disjointed character he portrays.

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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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Eric Melin

The Graduate is exciting because it captured a specific moment in time culturally, but within its three main characters, it captures timeless themes of feeling desperate, lost, and confused.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Be agog at Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson in some of the most hilariously icky seduction scenes ever filmed. See Mike Nichols (with help from Simon & Garfunkel) take control of the Zeitgeist. See the mood go dark -- darker than you remember.

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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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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Every element seemed to align for Mike Nichols, from perfect casting and honest performances, to ... that iconic Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack.

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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

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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A landmark motion picture. Experimental in its approach, candid about sex, and vicious in its attacks on American conformity and consumerism ("Plastics").

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Dustin Hoffman's charming performance propels this film into one of the best coming-of-age films of all time. The Graduate is highlighted with an artful… More
Lucas Martins
With the soundtrack, screenplay, direction and performances The Graduate become one of the most tense and remarkable love stories in cinema.
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