Harold and Maude Reviews

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Richard McGuinness
Village Voice
January 18, 2013
The fact that [it] isn't very funny and, like its 80-year-old heroic, long outlives its necessary life, is less important than the fact that the characters frequently react gently or like credible human beings to the script's impossible notions.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 24, 2007
Simpleminded, but it's fairly inoffensive, at least until Ashby lingers over the concentration-camp serial number tattooed on Gordon's arm. Some things are beyond the reach of whimsy.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It is most successful when it keeps to the tone of an insane fairystory set up at the beginning of the movie.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
[Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon] both are so aggressive, so creepy and off-putting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The visual style makes everyone look fresh from the Wax Museum, and all the movie lacks is a lot of day-old gardenias and lilies and roses in the lobby, filling the place with a cloying sweet smell. Nothing more to report today.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Variety Staff
February 13, 2001
Marked by a few good gags, but marred by a greater preponderance of sophomoric, overdone and mocking humor.