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Dead Poets Society Reviews

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Hank Gallo
New York Daily News
June 1, 2016
On the surface Robin Williams appears to be giving his standard performance as Prof. Keating - witty, sincere and lovable. But there's much more here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Larsen
August 18, 2014
I can't help but melt underneath this movie: it chisels away the cynic and gets at the sap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 20, 2012
It's not so easy to dismiss Dead Poets Society. For all its faults, it still has as much power as it ever did.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
January 9, 2012
Williams keeps a stiff upper lip, showing a more sedate and sensitive side, and the Oscar-winning screenplay provides a strong backbone.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 23, 2011
Falters when it goes for too much heart-tugging manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
August 24, 2010
Beautifully directed and with an Oscar-winning story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2010
Williams, who has comparatively little screen time, has come to act, not to cut comic riffs, and he does so with forceful, ultimately compelling, simplicity.

August 24, 2010
A film that celebrates the importance of inspiration, albeit in slightly affected fashion.
Brian Orndorf
August 26, 2009
A bundle of growing pain blues, flamboyant declarations of self, and doomsday faculty foul-ups, and it cooks when delivered in big batches of adolescent passion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!
March 25, 2009
Watch "Dead Poets Society" and you'll see the efforts of a filmmaker who has his own loving style in making movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Emanuel Levy
March 20, 2008
Though sentimental and contrived, this valentine to charismatic, dedicated teachers is extremely well acted (even by Robin Williams) and it does make you feel good about loving literature and poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
November 3, 2007
Above average drama that put Robin Williams on dramatic actor map.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
August 9, 2007
Robin Williams at his tolerable best.
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
July 18, 2007
The role of Keating is a plum assignment for the talented Williams, who largely steers clear of schtick under Peter Weir's direction. Nicely shot with a good youthful cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2007
Story sings whenever Williams is onscreen. Screen belongs just as often to Leonard, who as Neil has a quality of darting confidence mixed with hesitancy. Hawke, as the painfully shy Todd, gives a haunting performance.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
The moral divisions set up between characters are childishly overdrawn; and, worst of all, the behavior shown by the boys and adults frequently reeks of falsity and contrivance.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 19, 2006
Part of what makes Dead Poet's Society so great is that it challenges you to think. It can inspire you to be more than a simple cog in a wheel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jason Zingale
February 4, 2006
Tom Schulman's heartfelt script takes the main character's relationships with Keating above and beyond the usual student-teacher connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Weir infuses the film with his customary mysticism, but more importantly, draws sensitive performances from his largely inexperienced cast.
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