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Dead Poets Society Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Not the worst of the countless recent movies about good kids and hidebound, authoritatian older people. It may, however, be the most shameless in its attempt to pander to an adolescent audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 8, 2006
Dead Poets Society adds little to the genre that hasn't been said before and aims, instead, at familiar stereotypes and overly obvious tugs at the heartstrings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Keyes
January 1, 2000
It's a tearjerker where the tears come not from the heart, but from the aching mind; we cry not because of the sad situations, but because of its ludicrous attempts at being sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 29, 2004
Generally fairly tedious and predictable, without being especially believable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The movie undercuts Mr. Williams's exceptionally fine performance, making the character seem more of a dubious fool than is probably intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 12, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
January 11, 2006
For all its formula, it sure does feel like Dead Poets Society comes from a sincere place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
If you've done some living, every cockle of your heart will be touched
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 29, 2005
It's best left as a fond memory, never to be held up to the light of day.
| Original Score: 3/5
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-
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
In a field of films about drugs, car chases, and plastic monsters, Dead Poets Society is a good choice.
Rebecca Murray
August 5, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
August 9, 2007
Robin Williams at his tolerable best.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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