100

The New Yorker

By Pauline Kael
The picture draws out the obvious and turns itself into a classic. [26 June 1989]
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

Hurrah! Poetry and passion, comedy and tragedy are fused into one absolutely marvelous affirmation of independent spirit in Dead Poets Society. [2 June 1989, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
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100

Mr. Showbiz

One of Australian director Peter Weir's most sensitive films.
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90

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Sure, the heroes and villains are arranged in a convenient moral gallery. But the performances, Weir's adroit direction and John Seale's superb cinematography take care of that banality.
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90

Variety

Sings whenever Williams is onscreen.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Williams is impressively restrained as well as funny, so fans need not fret. It only means that instead of Good Morning, Preppies, we're given a bittersweet, even eerie Goodbye, Mr. Hip. [2 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
A refreshing if obvious drama. [9 June 1989, Friday, p.A]
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50

TV Guide

Nicely shot with a good youthful cast.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Beneath the polished surface, Dead Poets Society is moribund at the core - too pat, too safe and too hypocritical, as conformist as the conformity it so easily decries.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Not the worst of the countless recent movies about good kids and hidebound, authoritatian older people. It may, however, be the most shameless in its attempt to pander to an adolescent audience.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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