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American Graffiti Reviews

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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
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
March 6, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
American Graffiti acts almost as a milestone to show us how far (and in many cases how tragically) we have come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
February 14, 2012
Brilliant and highly influential.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Rock-solid proof that Lucas CAN write characters ... or at least COULD. Great cast, warm nostalgia, and wonderful music.
| Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
Destined to be an instant classic. The performances are timeless.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
I love Star Wars more, but strictly speaking, this is probably a better film.
| Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 11, 2014
Maybe the best film about teenagers ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Rebecca Murray
July 9, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
October 21, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film that launched a thousand careers.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
American Graffiti has a timeless power that speaks to everyone who was ever a teenager.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 13, 2001
Director George Lucas has evoked the era in a most authentic, moving, and aesthetically pleasing way.
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