The Graduate Reviews

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February 3, 2020
Every cinematic cliche, every formula plot device, every pseudo-intellectual ploy, every sentimental gimmick, every prefabricated, sure-fire boxoffice ingredient designed to empty pocketbooks and dampen hankies is present in this despicable movie.
January 30, 2020
Pretends to be chic and modern, but its hero is a bewildered young dropout who cannot BEGIN to say what he dislikes about the view from his rubber raft.
January 9, 2020
Over fifty years after its theatrical release, comedy-drama The Graduate manages to hold up as one of the best films of all time.
June 19, 2019
All this chopped steak is a give-away on the new tone in films; unless the material is thoroughly banal, it isn't considered chic.
June 5, 2019
Through Dustin Hoffman's star-making performance, through Simon & Garfunkel's now iconic soundtrack, through Mike Nichols' canny direction, The Graduate captures youth at a crossroads like no other film.
March 13, 2018
Even though it captures the look and sound of much of the contemporary California scene so skillfully, The Graduate seems to me basically a copout.
June 27, 2017
Watching it today I can appreciate the historical significance of The Graduate, and Mike Nichols' direction is sharp and stylish. Yet I'm ambivalent about the film.
June 27, 2017
If you have never seen it, go; if you have, go again.
June 23, 2017
Its pleasures and wit stand the test of time. Plus the cinematography is flat-out fantastic, like David Hockney's pool paintings made live.
June 22, 2017
One of the finest films of the 1960s remains just as clever, witty and relevant today as it captures the doubts and uncertainties of a generation questioning the values of their parents.
June 22, 2017
A hugely pleasurable film.
June 21, 2017
Mike Nichols' film makes such beguiling viewing largely because of Hoffman's performance as Benjamin, which combines humour, boredom and panic in equal measure.
June 19, 2017
Feels as sly, modern and bracing as it must have in 1967.
June 19, 2017
The dialogue's a joy and Nichols furnishes impeccable comic timing. Utterly of its period, yet timeless.
May 31, 2016
The Graduate is exciting because it captured a specific moment in time culturally, but within its three main characters, it captures timeless themes of feeling desperate, lost, and confused.
March 6, 2016
Every element seemed to align for Mike Nichols, from perfect casting and honest performances, to ... that iconic Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack.
February 27, 2016
A landmark motion picture. Experimental in its approach, candid about sex, and vicious in its attacks on American conformity and consumerism ("Plastics").
March 10, 2015
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.
March 10, 2015
"Never trust anyone over 30" is a slogan that could have served the Restoration as well as it does our own time, and Nichols makes the old formula seem as topical as mini-skirts.
March 10, 2015
Dustin Hoffman gives the inspired performance that launched his movie career, and director Mike Nichols shows a gift for social satire that has never glistened quite so brightly since.
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