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The Graduate Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
March 10, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 10, 2015
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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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 24, 2014
The Graduate gives some substance to the contention that American films are coming of age -- of our age.
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John Mahoney
Hollywood Reporter
November 20, 2014
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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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
January 14, 2013
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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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 10, 2012
It's consistently fleet and funny, even as it probes the heady abandon and looming hangover that typified the decade of discontent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
March 29, 2011
The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.
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Chris Petit
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Makes you feel a little tearful and choked-up while it is making you laugh yourself raw.
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A.D. Murphy
Variety
February 13, 2001
A delightful, satirical comedy-drama.
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Robin Dougherty
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
A simple romantic comedy whose "countercultural" message, insofar as it has one, is decidedly retrograde.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is a good topical movie whose time has passed, leaving it stranded in an earlier age. I give it three stars out of delight for the material it contains; to watch it today is like opening a time capsule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Few movies have communicated with such dark hilarity all the anxiety and flamboyant misery of youthful sexual initiation
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The light ribbing of conspicuous consumption in southern California and the Simon and Garfunkel songs on the sound track both play considerable roles in giving this depthless comedy some bounce.