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Harold and Maude Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard McGuinness
Village Voice
January 18, 2013
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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 28, 2012
cuts through the superficial surfaces of conventional romance and digs into what actually draws people together
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 10, 2012
Unlike claustrophobically cute odd-couple movies, bottles some of the flavour of its time. Harold's fake suicides are a pale defiance and reflection of his cloistered, sapped life. The vital counterculture (Maude) helps Harold avoid the army.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 8, 2011
This darkly humorous ,romantic comedy between an introvert adolescent and and old spunky woman, is playing it too safe to be considered truly anti-establishment, but it became a cult picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A classic of dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
Daily Radar
April 12, 2009
If there's one comedy to represent the woof and warp of the early '70s, "Harold and Maude" is it.
Full Review | Original Score: A+

TV Guide
October 24, 2007
A doggedly eccentric film which some will reject out of hand. Others will find it profundly moving and life affirming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 24, 2007
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It is most successful when it keeps to the tone of an insane fairystory set up at the beginning of the movie.
April 3, 2006
weird, very very weird
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 23, 2005
It's not quite a romance, not quite a buddy picture. It is, however, one of the '70s quirkiest comedies, and its bleak morbidity is uncommonly matched by its over-the-top hilarity.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
[Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon] both are so aggressive, so creepy and off-putting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
February 11, 2005
The epitome of a film that you can't believe you're laughing at, but you are. A lot. It hurts. In a good way.
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
November 22, 2004
Black comedy that's a bit too whimsical
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 10, 2004
A black comedy cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 8, 2004
By turns funny, moving and outrageous - sometimes all at once - the film is Hal Ashby's masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
August 17, 2004
Certainly a little twisted, but with such a powerfully warm 70's sunflower heart, "Harold and Maude" endears. I think of it as the cinematic equivalent to "The Little Prince"
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
December 22, 2003
One of those films you just don't want to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Niki Patton
Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
November 11, 2003
Understatedly hilarious. Cort and Gordon are a truly unique pairing. A must see.
| Original Score: 5/5
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