The Graduate Synopsis
An older woman (Anne Bancroft) seduces an aimless college man (Dustin Hoffman).
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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...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

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

Variety

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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...
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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...
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89

Austin Chronicle

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Hoffman and Bancroft are phenomenally cast in a script co-written by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham that is by turns sly, touching, and...
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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...
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50

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What was once an all-important signpost to adulthood is really little more than a simple romantic comedy whose "countercultural" message,...
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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

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The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.
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Benjamin Braddock: Listen to me. What happened between Mrs. Robinson and me was nothing. It didn't mean anything. We might just as well have been shaking hands. Mr. Robinson: Shaking hands? Well,...

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Rated PG
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Influential coming-of-age sex comedy.
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