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The Graduate Reviews

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Chris Petit
Time Out
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.
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 17, 2003
Perhaps the most overrated film ever.
| Original Score: 2/5
Alan Dale
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.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 9, 2007
I couldn't get past the fact what a tool Benjamin Braddock was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robin Dougherty
January 1, 2000
A simple romantic comedy whose "countercultural" message, insofar as it has one, is decidedly retrograde.
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TIME Magazine
March 29, 2011
The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.
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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
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
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
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.
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
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Influential coming-of-age sex comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 16, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 31, 2003
Visually stunning, but more superficial than you expect or remember.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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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