The Graduate Reviews

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
A hugely pleasurable film.
June 19, 2017
Feels as sly, modern and bracing as it must have in 1967.
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
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.
November 24, 2014
The Graduate gives some substance to the contention that American films are coming of age -- of our age.
November 20, 2014
The remarkably true ring of Webb's dialogue is preserved and augmented, the visual potential lifted to next power in absurdity.
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.
Top Critic
March 29, 2011
The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.
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.
May 20, 2003
Makes you feel a little tearful and choked-up while it is making you laugh yourself raw.
April 18, 2001
Nichols provides a masterclass in using the widescreen frame to elucidate complex emotional situations with ease and understatement.
February 13, 2001
A delightful, satirical comedy-drama.
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.
January 1, 2000
A simple romantic comedy whose "countercultural" message, insofar as it has one, is decidedly retrograde.
January 1, 2000
The light ribbing of conspicuous consumption in southern California and the Simon and Garfunkel songs on the sound track both play considerable roles in giving this depthless comedy some bounce.
January 1, 2000
Few movies have communicated with such dark hilarity all the anxiety and flamboyant misery of youthful sexual initiation