• PG, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    George Lucas
    In Theaters:
    Aug 1, 1973 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 15, 1998
  • Universal Pictures


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American Graffiti Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Maybe the best film about teenagers ever made.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 9/10

September 11, 2014
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 7, 2014

Total Film

[A] hugely influential docu-drama.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

July 7, 2014
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.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

July 7, 2014
Glenn Dunks

Nearly 40 years later it still plays as a loose and vibrant testament to an era that is so distinctly America.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 15, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Anyone who has spent their teenage years cruising up and down Main Street will connect with the film... which is part of the reason I didn't.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Playfully suggests what life was like for white teenagers in small-town America during the 1950s and early 1960s.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

May 21, 2012
Nell Minow

Brilliant and highly influential.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: A+

February 14, 2012
R. L. Shaffer

American Graffiti is a music-infused tone poem - a fond, delicate trip back to an era often forgotten.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 9/10

January 29, 2012
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

It's one of the all-time great feel good films, but its sly cultural commentary is what makes it the masterpiece that it is.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 5/5

April 22, 2011
Randy White
Common Sense Media

Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011

Empire Magazine

A funny-serious movie with gorgeous cars and colours and an amazing feel for the artefacts of an instantly vanished era.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2008


Lucas' direction is skilful and assured -- he follows several stories with wit and sensitivity -- and he's matched by his cast, the whole film perfectly evoking the end of an era.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 6, 2008
A.D. Murphy
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 27, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 27, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The film that launched a thousand careers.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Emanuel Levy

If Last picture Show presents gloomy portrait of small-town life prior to the advent of TV, Lucas moves the setting forward by a decade, in 1962, when TV had already become the mainstay of pop culture, though for his youths, radio is the relevant medium.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 5/5

February 13, 2006
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

...the ultimate nostalgia movie of all time ...

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Lucas' sleeper hit...casts a rose-colored eye back to a placid pre-Vietnam America, a time when rock 'n' roll was young and hot rods were cool.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

June 3, 2005
David Bezanson

A successful tribute to an era of optimism and competitiveness which was bitchin' -- and now seems very far in the past.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 4, 2005
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