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American Graffiti Reviews

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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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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.
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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
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 21, 2003
It is a very good movie, funny, tough, unsentimental.