The Graduate (1967)
Critic Consensus: The music, the performances, the precision in capturing the post-college malaise -- The Graduate's coming-of-age story is indeed one for the ages.
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Critic Reviews for The Graduate
Feels as sly, modern and bracing as it must have in 1967.
As it stands, the vacuum of that warped, moneyed Los Angeles society is too exaggerated, too incredible. But one can't help but believe in Hoffman if not in the disjointed character he portrays.
Be agog at Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson in some of the most hilariously icky seduction scenes ever filmed. See Mike Nichols (with help from Simon & Garfunkel) take control of the Zeitgeist. See the mood go dark -- darker than you remember.
The Graduate gives some substance to the contention that American films are coming of age -- of our age.
The remarkably true ring of Webb's dialogue is preserved and augmented, the visual potential lifted to next power in absurdity.
The emotional elevation of the film is due in no small measure to the extraordinarily engaging performances of Anne Bancroft as the wife-mother-mistress, Dustin Hoffman as the lumbering Lancelot, and Katherine Ross as his fair Elaine.
Audience Reviews for The Graduate
A personal fav since it debuted, when all I liked was the moody music and couldn't understand what it was about excepting that a sense of loss permeated the work (but NOW I get it - because I grew up with it - and it'll always be a personal fav). Whatever may be wrong with the world, Benjamin decides that its better to face it with someone rather than face it alone.
Dustin Hoffman's charming performance propels this film into one of the best coming-of-age films of all time. The Graduate is highlighted with an artful direction, innocent humor, spellbinding music (soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel) and an accurate strike on reality. 4/5
You can't get more iconic than this. The Graduate is flawlessly written, deftly acted, and superbly touches us with its unconventionality and ultimate power. It captures the era of the 60s, yet is also profoundly timely. Hoffman's angst is relatable for every young adult watching the film, and the nostalgia and shallowness of American suburbia is also quite relatable to anyone who has spent at least a year living in the suburbs. Anne Bancroft is exceptional and ruthless as Mrs. Robinson, making for an unforgettable performance. The film's aura--the iconic soundtrack and iconic cinematographic choices--is captivating. Ultimately The Graduate is more than a funny, nostalgic movie: it is triumphant. It is a triumph of the human mind and the human spirit.
The Graduate Quotes
|Mrs. Robinson:||Oh no Mrs. Robinson, I find you very desirable. I think you are the most desirable of all my parents' friends.|
|Mr. Robinson:||I was just telling Ben here he ought to sow a few wild oats. Have a good time while he can. You think that's sound advice?|
|Mrs. Robinson:||Yes, I do.|
|Mr. Maguire:||There is a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?|
|Benjamin Braddock:||Yes, I will.|
|Mr. Maguire:||Okay. Enough said. That's a deal.|
|Mr. Braddock:||Have you thought about graduate school?|
|Mr. Braddock:||Would you mind telling me then what those four years of college were for? What was the point of all that hard work?|
|Benjamin Braddock:||You got me.|
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