100

TV Guide

By Ethan Alter
The Graduate is a flawlessly acted and produced film. [Review of re-release]
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Dustin Hoffman gives the inspired performance that launched his movie career, and director Mike Nichols shows a gift for social satire that has never glistened quite so brightly since. [Review of re-release]
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The funniest American comedy of the year.
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90

Variety

The Graduate is a delightful, satirical comedy-drama about a young man's seduction by an older woman, and the measure of maturity which he attains from the experience.
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90

The New York Times

Funny, outrageous, and touching, The Graduate is a sophisticated film that puts Mr. Nichols and his associates on a level with any of the best satirists working abroad today.
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89

Austin Chronicle

Hoffman and Bancroft are phenomenally cast in a script co-written by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham that is by turns sly, touching, and amazingly fresh 30 years later. [Review of re-release]
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70

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
The light ribbing of conspicuous consumption in southern California and the Simon and Garfunkel songs on the sound track both play considerable roles in giving this depthless comedy some bounce. [Review of re-release]
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50

Salon.com

What was once an all-important signpost to adulthood is really little more than a simple romantic comedy whose "countercultural" message, insofar as it has one, is decidedly retrograde. [Review of re-release]
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The Graduate is not subtle in its writing off of the parental generation as hopelessly corrupt. [Review of re-release]
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40

Time

The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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