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The Graduate Reviews

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Eric Melin
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
March 6, 2016
Every element seemed to align for Mike Nichols, from perfect casting and honest performances, to ... that iconic Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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").
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Hatch
The Nation
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.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tom Cox
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 10, 2015
Directorially, it is as cutting-edge late-Sixties as you can get -- all fish-bowl juxtapositions, dappled light and pensive close-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
March 10, 2015
Robert Surtees's stunning, innovative camerawork contributes telling visual ironies and the Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack perfectly captures the mood of disaffected youth seething beneath the laid-back exterior of 1960s California.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 10, 2015
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.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 10, 2015
Anne Bancroft is the stand-out. She brings depth, subtlety, and a melancholy sadness to the part that goes far beyond what is in the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 24, 2014
The Graduate gives some substance to the contention that American films are coming of age -- of our age.
Tom Milne
Observer (UK)
November 21, 2014
It isn't often one gets even half a film as funny as this.
Penelope Houston
The Spectator
November 21, 2014
The most engaging thing about Mike Nichols is his awareness, strong enough to remind you of the late, great Preston Sturges, of how to use bland and idiotic exaggeration as a comic safety-valve.
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John Mahoney
Hollywood Reporter
November 20, 2014
The remarkably true ring of Webb's dialogue is preserved and augmented, the visual potential lifted to next power in absurdity.
Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine
August 7, 2014
Rewatching The Graduate is a true time travel.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
June 17, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] The otherness that Ben feels points to the film's most overlooked and underappreciated aspect; Ben is a Jew passing as an all-American WASP at a time in America when discrimination against Jews was prevalent.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
January 14, 2013
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.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 10, 2012
It's consistently fleet and funny, even as it probes the heady abandon and looming hangover that typified the decade of discontent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
April 10, 2012
Mike Nichols and veteran cinematographer Robert Surtees threw out the DGA playbook for The Graduate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 25, 2011
Having an unlikeable protagonist is fine if our sympathy and understanding are effectively directed elsewhere. The problem, then, is that I can't figure out where, or who, that might be.
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