Dead Poets Society Synopsis
A prep-school teacher (Robin Williams) in 1959 New England rouses seven of his students with poetry.
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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

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Hurrah! Poetry and passion, comedy and tragedy are fused into one absolutely marvelous affirmation of independent spirit in Dead Poets...
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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...
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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...
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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

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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...
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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...
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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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