Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    100
    The Graduate is a flawlessly acted and produced film. [Review of re-release]
  2. 100
    The funniest American comedy of the year.
  3. 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]
  4. Reviewed by: Bosley Crowther
    90
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: A.D. Murphy
    90
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    89
    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]
  7. 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]
  8. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    The Graduate is not subtle in its writing off of the parental generation as hopelessly corrupt. [Review of re-release]
  9. Reviewed by: Robin Dougherty
    50
    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]
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    40
    The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. AlyssaC.
    Jun 15, 2008
    10
    Classic.
  2. Aug 11, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The graduate is a story of a young man whose lover is miss robinson and when he meets her daughter he falls in love with her. It has many scandals and that's actually the whole movie. It has good music, good actors and that's all. It is just one other romantic film that has a happy ending though the ending should not be happy. It doesn't explain what happens after the runaway with the bus and the happy ending comes. I liked it it was entertaining but it just was a romantic film once again with a little bit of drama in it. Full Review »
  3. Sep 23, 2014
    9
    A great point of view character study. The story follows the resulting actions taken by a young man insecure of his future. All this angst, cause the main character to cure boredom with deep affectionate love. Following his intuition of moral and principles, lead the protagonist to agony resulting from life planning. Going against his values, gives this man a break from reality and a chance at happiness. It's not until the end, that the dream ends for our character. Closing the film in one of the most astonishing ending scene of all time. This film is not only great for the importance of the plot's place in movie history, but it's style of beautiful cinematography and impressive shots at times. Full Review »