Reviews

Feb 20, 2021
The ostensible narrative focus is Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), the sensitive scholarship kid determined to break away, but the film, sometimes to its detriment, is more in love with the vibrant small-town milieu.
Sep 2, 2020
I was, and remain, very tempted to add this film to my Top 100.
Aug 27, 2020
A fun-filled cultural snapshot imbued with classic rock and reminiscence.
Jul 23, 2020
George Lucas has directed with a remarkably firm but unostentatious hand, two virtues equally rare in a young film maker.
Mar 27, 2020
Without unnecessary nudging or underlining, Lucas beautifully establishes his characters as both enslaved to the image of themselves which the media have given them and permanently in need of its company.
Oct 2, 2019
Stop reading this and go out and see it!
Aug 24, 2018
... the music-filled picture still holds up nearly a half-century later.
Jun 5, 2018
...it transports you to 1962, to a moment in American history in which all you had to worry about was your car, your music and your friends... [Full review in Spanish]
Aug 1, 2017
The movie is a comic poem which celebrates the past but also catalogues its textures with telling precision. American Graffiti looks like no other movie, an achievement which is always the best measure of a truly gifted director.
Sep 11, 2014
Maybe the best film about teenagers ever made.
Jul 7, 2014
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.
Jul 7, 2014
[A] hugely influential docu-drama.
Jul 7, 2014
Wonderfully evoking the feel and spirit of the era, this is one of those rare movies you live through rather than watch.
Sep 15, 2013
Nearly 40 years later it still plays as a loose and vibrant testament to an era that is so distinctly America.
Sep 5, 2013
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.
May 21, 2012
Playfully suggests what life was like for white teenagers in small-town America during the 1950s and early 1960s.
Feb 14, 2012
Brilliant and highly influential.
Jan 29, 2012
American Graffiti is a music-infused tone poem - a fond, delicate trip back to an era often forgotten.
Apr 22, 2011
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.
Jan 2, 2011
Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.