Harold and Maude


Harold and Maude

Critics Consensus

Hal Ashby's comedy is too dark and twisted for some, and occasionally oversteps its bounds, but there's no denying the film's warm humor and big heart.



Total Count: 45


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Harold, the 20-year-old son of a wealthy, neglectful woman, tries to gain attention for himself with various hilariously staged "suicides." Obsessed with death, Harold meets a like-minded 79-year-old woman named Maude. Harold and Maude become inseparable friends, both helping each other out of various personal travails.


Bud Cort
as Harold
Vivian Pickles
as Mrs. Chasen
Cyril Cusack
as Glaucus
Charles Tyner
as Uncle Victor
Ellen Geer
as Sunshine
G. Wood
as Psychiatrist
Judy Engles
as Candy Gulf
Shari Summers
as Edith Fern
Tom Skerritt
as Motorcycle Cop
Ray K. Goman
as Police Officer
Gordon Devol
as Police Officer
Sonia Sorell
as Head Nurse
Margot Jones
as Student Nurse
William Lucking
as Motorcycle Policeman
Susan Madigan
as Girlfriend
Jerry Randall
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Harold and Maude

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (7)

  • The fact that [it] isn't very funny and, like its 80-year-old heroic, long outlives its necessary life, is less important than the fact that the characters frequently react gently or like credible human beings to the script's impossible notions.

    Jan 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Simpleminded, but it's fairly inoffensive, at least until Ashby lingers over the concentration-camp serial number tattooed on Gordon's arm. Some things are beyond the reach of whimsy.

    Oct 24, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It is most successful when it keeps to the tone of an insane fairystory set up at the beginning of the movie.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • [Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon] both are so aggressive, so creepy and off-putting.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1/5
  • The visual style makes everyone look fresh from the Wax Museum, and all the movie lacks is a lot of day-old gardenias and lilies and roses in the lobby, filling the place with a cloying sweet smell. Nothing more to report today.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Marked by a few good gags, but marred by a greater preponderance of sophomoric, overdone and mocking humor.

    Feb 13, 2001 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Harold and Maude

  • Aug 02, 2015
    It is nowhere near the best films I've seen but it has good points. It suits my natural love for dark films, and it is filled with good humor and endearing characters. It may not be that good, but it captures your heart.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2013
    A lovable film that continues to resonate for long after it is over and makes you wish it would never end - and the best about it is how the relationship between the characters evolves in such an honest way, with a lot of humor and melancholy to the sound of Cat Stevens' sweet songs.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2013
    Harold and Maude is one of the weirdest films I've ever seen, it's part black comedy and part romance. It's dark but great fun to watch. The acting was superb, the dialogues were witty. Although it deals with the themes of death, it managed to make me laugh the whole way through. The soundtrack was perfect, the satire was nicely done. It's a great film to watch even by today's standard.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2013
    I just watched Harold and Maude for the first time and I loved it more than I could ever imagine. It was the epitome of beauty, while being artistically met with macarbe characters, bearing questions of the identity, life, and death. It was uneasy, quirky avante-garde in the 70s and it's a spectacular classic now.
    DA Z Super Reviewer

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