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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).
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. 75
    A refreshing if obvious drama. [9 June 1989, Friday, p.A]
  6. 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]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    50
    Nicely shot with a good youthful cast.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 53
  2. Negative: 1 out of 53
  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. Nov 26, 2014
    8
    An incredibly emotional and inspirational film, Dead Poets Society stands tall as a great film in the coming of age category. Robin WilliamsAn incredibly emotional and inspirational film, Dead Poets Society stands tall as a great film in the coming of age category. Robin Williams is absolutely brilliant. Truly a great performance on his part and his charisma really shines through. He is entirely believable and the inspirational and caring teacher. The performances from the younger actors is also good. The direction from Peter Weir, writing from Tom Schulman, and cinematography from John Seale, are also all great and all increase the impact this drama has on its viewers. It can get a little sentimental at times and it gets dark pretty quick at times, but overall, Dead Poets Society is a smash success that needs to be watched by all. If anyone ever says that Robin Williams is not a great actor, this in particular is a great film to show them to prove them wrong, because dammit is he great. His performance is one that stays with you for a while. Expand
  6. Jan 11, 2013
    8
    This is a film whose very fibers engender truly moving sentiments through what is Williams' best performance to date, an illustrious scriptThis is a film whose very fibers engender truly moving sentiments through what is Williams' best performance to date, an illustrious script and an overall gorgeous portrayal of honest human emotions. 'Dead Poet's Society' is packed with memorable one-liners that are consistently quoted in the film world, and can proudly be called a film classic. 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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