Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: June 16, 1989 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
79
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 14 Critics
Positive:
11
Mixed:
3
Negative:
0
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75
A refreshing if obvious drama. [9 June 1989, Friday, p.A]
80
Commands respect and affection. [2 June 1989, Calendar, p.6-1]
100
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One of Australian director Peter Weir's most sensitive films.
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]
90
Nothing about this film sounds, as described, novel. Yet it grips, because it has been made with plentiful feeling and vigor. [June 26, 1989]
100
The picture draws out the obvious and turns itself into a classic. [26 June 1989]
70
Williams, who has comparatively little screen time, has come to act, not to cut comic riffs, and he does so with forceful, ultimately compelling, simplicity. [June 5, 1989]
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]