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Dead Poets Society Reviews

August 23, 2017
A refreshing if obvious drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Weir infuses the film with his customary mysticism, but more importantly, draws sensitive performances from his largely inexperienced cast.
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
January 1, 2000
It's a literate though strained uplifter, a not altogether compatible coupleting of Rocky Balboa and the Bard.
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
January 1, 2000
Solid, smart entertainment.