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The Graduate (1967)

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 7

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.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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.

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"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 adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents' pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity

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Jun 19, 2001

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (7) | DVD (28)

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.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's consistently fleet and funny, even as it probes the heady abandon and looming hangover that typified the decade of discontent.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (2)
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The film itself is very broken-backed, partly because Anne Bancroft's performance as the mother carries so much more weight than Katharine Ross' as the daughter, partly because Nichols couldn't decide whether he was making a social satire or a farce.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Makes you feel a little tearful and choked-up while it is making you laugh yourself raw.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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A delightful, satirical comedy-drama.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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Rewatching The Graduate is a true time travel.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
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[VIDEO ESSAY] The otherness that Ben feels points to the film's most overlooked and underappreciated aspect; Ben is a Jew passing as an all-American WASP at a time in America when discrimination against Jews was prevalent.

June 17, 2014 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Mike Nichols and veteran cinematographer Robert Surtees threw out the DGA playbook for The Graduate.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Having an unlikeable protagonist is fine if our sympathy and understanding are effectively directed elsewhere. The problem, then, is that I can't figure out where, or who, that might be.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Influential coming-of-age sex comedy.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A safe and calculated popular landmark film.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Here's to you, Mrs Robinson.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Rather a shame it's so often mistaken for a statement about something beyond the milk-fed adolescent blues.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Mike Nichols' seminal film at once reflected the generation gap and also widened it, giving youths a clear voice, indigenous music, villains (all adults), and a sympathtic anti-hero, played to perfection by Dustin Hoffman in a career-making turn.

September 16, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
EmanuelLevy.Com

I couldn't get past the fact what a tool Benjamin Braddock was.

September 9, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (6)
7M Pictures

...plastics, an apt description for the artificial people and attitudes around him.

July 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Nichols takes an ad hoc approach to comic irony and the movie seems to have been enshrined by American audiences because each moment in isolation "works," no matter that they tend to cancel each other out.

June 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org | Comment (1)
Blogcritics.org

All the indie imitators that have come later still can't touch this hilarious and biting classic.

April 6, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A rare movie that captures a societal zeitgeist with humor, drama and biting satire.

December 5, 2005
ColeSmithey.com

Here's to you Mrs Robinson....and Mike Nichols

July 4, 2005
Moviehole

The post-college burnout feeling that continues to resonate with audiences today. A comedy of tragedy, in which a man's youthful idealism is dealt its inevitable deathblow.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
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Audience Reviews for The Graduate

You can't get more iconic than this. The Graduate is flawlessly written, deftly acted, and superbly touches us with its unconventionality and ultimate power. It captures the era of the 60s, yet is also profoundly timely. Hoffman's angst is relatable for every young adult watching the film, and the nostalgia and shallowness of American suburbia is also quite relatable to anyone who has spent at least a year living in the suburbs. Anne Bancroft is exceptional and ruthless as Mrs. Robinson, making for an unforgettable performance. The film's aura--the iconic soundtrack and iconic cinematographic choices--is captivating. Ultimately The Graduate is more than a funny, nostalgic movie: it is triumphant. It is a triumph of the human mind and the human spirit.
August 1, 2014
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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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, Hollywood dished out grand epics after grand epics with "perfect" and steady camerawork, larger than life characters, and narratives that stretch at an epic scale. But "The Graduate" does a U-turn on the traditional ways of filmmaking. Unconventional mechanics like quick zooms, strangely edited shots, and lingering close-ups are riddled about in "The Graduate". It does enough difference for it to stand out among other films alike it. But to say that the narrative is different from the rest is an understatement -- its daring, bold, and darkly challenging. Especially after the time the Production Code came to a close, "The Graduate" dives head-first into dark waters. This is a psychologically driven character-study of a young innocent boy finding his place in the world to be a "different" man.

"The Graduate" is absolutely effective in what it intends to do. Everything is cohesively crafted: strong thematic foundation, solid character development, sharp writing, and thought-provoking symbolism. Entertaining, provocative, and strangely disturbing, "The Graduate" immerses audiences into a young boy's world that's trying to make the best out of his life.
November 27, 2012
Albert Kim

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With the soundtrack, screenplay, direction and performances The Graduate become one of the most tense and remarkable love stories in cinema.
August 3, 2012
Lucas Martins

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THE GRADUATE certainly is the classic I've been told of. The somewhat quirky characters and their dialogue give this movie some outrageously funny wit, yet there is also a great amount of drama. The film is actually much more a drama, just touched up lovingly with comedy. We see the story through the eyes of Benjamin Braddock, who is a week away from turning twenty-one years old when the story unfolds. He's a rather calm, patient character who would be nice to be around. Complemented by the serene soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel, his character takes off. Dustin Hoffman's performance indeed familiarizes us with his character even more. The depth produced is what makes such heated arguments placed in the latter half of the film so emotional. It's impressive how much we understand him and his point of view without one bit of narration.

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July 12, 2012
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    1. Mrs. Robinson: Oh no Mrs. Robinson, I find you very desirable. I think you are the most desirable of all my parents' friends.
    – Submitted by Paul B (3 months ago)
    1. Mr. Robinson: I was just telling Ben here he ought to sow a few wild oats. Have a good time while he can. You think that's sound advice?
    2. Mrs. Robinson: Yes, I do.
    – Submitted by Kia M (6 months ago)
    1. Mr. Maguire: There is a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?
    2. Benjamin Braddock: Yes, I will.
    3. Mr. Maguire: Okay. Enough said. That's a deal.
    – Submitted by Kia M (6 months ago)
    1. Mr. Braddock: Have you thought about graduate school?
    2. Benjamin Braddock: No.
    3. Mr. Braddock: Would you mind telling me then what those four years of college were for? What was the point of all that hard work?
    4. Benjamin Braddock: You got me.
    – Submitted by Kia M (6 months ago)
    1. Benjamin Braddock: It's like I was playing some kind of game, but the rules don't make any sense to me. They're being made up by all the wrong people. I mean no one makes them up. They seem to make themselves up.
    – Submitted by Kia M (6 months ago)
    1. Mr. Braddock: What makes you think she wants to marry you?
    2. Benjamin Braddock: Oh, she doesn't. To be perfectly honest, she doesn't like me.
    – Submitted by Kia M (6 months ago)
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