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The Graduate Reviews

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June 24, 2006
The film itself is very broken-backed, partly because Anne Bancroft's performance as the mother carries so much more weight than Katharine Ross' as the daughter, partly because Nichols couldn't decide whether he was making a social satire or a farce.
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.
February 17, 2003
Perhaps the most overrated film ever.
| Original Score: 2/5
June 25, 2006
Nichols takes an ad hoc approach to comic irony and the movie seems to have been enshrined by American audiences because each moment in isolation "works," no matter that they tend to cancel each other out.
September 9, 2007
I couldn't get past the fact what a tool Benjamin Braddock was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
A simple romantic comedy whose "countercultural" message, insofar as it has one, is decidedly retrograde.
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March 29, 2011
The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.
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
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.
November 20, 2014
The remarkably true ring of Webb's dialogue is preserved and augmented, the visual potential lifted to next power in absurdity.
August 7, 2014
Rewatching The Graduate is a true time travel.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
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.
April 10, 2012
Mike Nichols and veteran cinematographer Robert Surtees threw out the DGA playbook for The Graduate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2011
Influential coming-of-age sex comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 16, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
It is a good topical movie whose time has passed, leaving it stranded in an earlier age. I give it three stars out of delight for the material it contains; to watch it today is like opening a time capsule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 31, 2003
Visually stunning, but more superficial than you expect or remember.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
January 14, 2005
The post-college burnout feeling that continues to resonate with audiences today. A comedy of tragedy, in which a man's youthful idealism is dealt its inevitable deathblow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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