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American Graffiti Reviews

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August 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.
September 11, 2014
Maybe the best film about teenagers ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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.
July 7, 2014
[A] hugely influential docu-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
September 15, 2013
Nearly 40 years later it still plays as a loose and vibrant testament to an era that is so distinctly America.
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+
February 14, 2012
Brilliant and highly influential.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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
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
January 2, 2011
Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
October 21, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
February 15, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2006
The film that launched a thousand careers.
March 9, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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