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American Graffiti Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 11, 2014
Maybe the best film about teenagers ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
July 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.

Total Film
July 7, 2014
[A] hugely influential docu-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 7, 2014
Wonderfully evoking the feel and spirit of the era, this is one of those rare movies you live through rather than watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Dunks
September 15, 2013
Nearly 40 years later it still plays as a loose and vibrant testament to an era that is so distinctly America.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 21, 2012
Playfully suggests what life was like for white teenagers in small-town America during the 1950s and early 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
February 14, 2012
Brilliant and highly influential.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
American Graffiti is a music-infused tone poem - a fond, delicate trip back to an era often forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
April 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Empire Magazine
May 6, 2008
A funny-serious movie with gorgeous cars and colours and an amazing feel for the artefacts of an instantly vanished era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2008
Lucas' direction is skilful and assured -- he follows several stories with wit and sensitivity -- and he's matched by his cast, the whole film perfectly evoking the end of an era.
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A.D. Murphy
June 27, 2007
There is brilliant interplaying and underplaying, of script, performers and direction which will raise howls of laughter from audiences, yet never descends on the screen to overdone mugging, pratfall and other heavy-handed devices normally employed.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2007
A brilliant work of popular art, it redefined nostalgia as a marketable commodity and established a new narrative style, with locale replacing plot, that has since been imitated to the point of ineffectiveness.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film that launched a thousand careers.
Emanuel Levy
February 13, 2006
If Last picture Show presents gloomy portrait of small-town life prior to the advent of TV, Lucas moves the setting forward by a decade, in 1962, when TV had already become the mainstay of pop culture, though for his youths, radio is the relevant medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
...the ultimate nostalgia movie of all time ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 3, 2005
Lucas' sleeper hit...casts a rose-colored eye back to a placid pre-Vietnam America, a time when rock 'n' roll was young and hot rods were cool.
David Bezanson
May 4, 2005
A successful tribute to an era of optimism and competitiveness which was bitchin' -- and now seems very far in the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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