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Dead Poets Society Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2010
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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Variety Staff
Variety
July 18, 2007
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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
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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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Weir infuses the film with his customary mysticism, but more importantly, draws sensitive performances from his largely inexperienced cast.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The movie undercuts Mr. Williams's exceptionally fine performance, making the character seem more of a dubious fool than is probably intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's a literate though strained uplifter, a not altogether compatible coupleting of Rocky Balboa and the Bard.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Not the worst of the countless recent movies about good kids and hidebound, authoritatian older people. It may, however, be the most shameless in its attempt to pander to an adolescent audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Solid, smart entertainment.