The Graduate Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
November 24, 2014
The Graduate gives some substance to the contention that American films are coming of age -- of our age.
November 21, 2014
It isn't often one gets even half a film as funny as this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 10, 2012
Mike Nichols and veteran cinematographer Robert Surtees threw out the DGA playbook for The Graduate.
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.
Top Critic
March 29, 2011
The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.
January 1, 2011
Influential coming-of-age sex comedy.
November 10, 2008
A safe and calculated popular landmark film.
March 3, 2008
Here's to you, Mrs Robinson.
October 18, 2007
Rather a shame it's so often mistaken for a statement about something beyond the milk-fed adolescent blues.
September 29, 2007
to understand just how relevant The Graduate is four decades after its initial release, all you need do is watch it in a roomful of college students
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