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  • Summary: Robin Williams stars as John Keating, an unconventional teacher at a conservative New England prep school who inspires his students and encourages them with the rallying call "carpe diem" (seize the day).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    The picture draws out the obvious and turns itself into a classic. [26 June 1989]
  2. Reviewed by: Rick Schultz
    100
    One of Australian director Peter Weir's most sensitive films.
  3. Reviewed by: Judy Stone
    100
    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]
  4. 80
    It's a literate though strained uplifter.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    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]
  6. 75
    A refreshing if obvious drama. [9 June 1989, Friday, p.A]
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. mikem.
    Oct 11, 2005
    10
    A classic.
  2. LarisseI.
    Aug 16, 2006
    10
    This story is the best! Especially for those people that are still studying that are having great pressure at their academics. You have to This story is the best! Especially for those people that are still studying that are having great pressure at their academics. You have to watch this film!! It can help you realize things about your life especially in your studies. Expand
  3. Rachel
    May 22, 2007
    10
    It is probably the most influential movie I've seen in my life. I was truly inspired to change. Everyone should see it. CARPE DIEM!
  4. LacieZ.
    Oct 30, 2005
    9
    Great movie....Beginning had me thinking it would be horrible, but i kept and open mind and it enden up being awsome. It is a very inspiring Great movie....Beginning had me thinking it would be horrible, but i kept and open mind and it enden up being awsome. It is a very inspiring film and it it send out a strong message about the dangers of conformity. i absolutly loved it. Expand
  5. Apr 2, 2015
    8
    A thought-provoking and emotionally-engaging drama about one simple fact: nobody can teach you how to live your life. A great performance byA thought-provoking and emotionally-engaging drama about one simple fact: nobody can teach you how to live your life. A great performance by Robin Williams. Expand
  6. Oct 21, 2014
    8
    This was one of those movies I hadn't seen, but had kind of seen. I've seen snippets aired on TV, and mostly new the plot. However, this wasThis was one of those movies I hadn't seen, but had kind of seen. I've seen snippets aired on TV, and mostly new the plot. However, this was the first time I sat down and watched it beginning to end. I liked it. Sometimes it's message felt trite, but it's saved by wonderful acting performances. The best thing I can say about this film is that it holds up. Expand
  7. Sep 7, 2010
    5
    For me this film works until the final 10 minutes were it descends into an implausible maelstrom of madness.

    If you decide to watch this,
    For me this film works until the final 10 minutes were it descends into an implausible maelstrom of madness.

    If you decide to watch this, maybe take the ending with a grain of salt. This way you might get more enjoyment from the experience.
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