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American Graffiti Reviews

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.
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.
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.
June 24, 2006
The film that launched a thousand careers.
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
May 21, 2003
It is a very good movie, funny, tough, unsentimental.