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Harold and Maude Reviews

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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
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Variety Staff
February 13, 2001
Marked by a few good gags, but marred by a greater preponderance of sophomoric, overdone and mocking humor.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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.
Michael Dequina
April 3, 2009
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A classic of dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Cole Smithey
September 14, 2005
| 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+
Christopher Null
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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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.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 7, 2002
A whimsical love story; Cort is cuddly, Gordon is larger-than-life. An enchanting piece.
| Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Probably the most charming movie about death that's ever been made.
| Original Score: 90/100
Rob Blackwelder
November 13, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 10, 2004
A black comedy cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 20, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
One of the most life-affirming films I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Nate Yapp
August 12, 2002
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