Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. AlyssaC.
    Jun 15, 2008
  2. Jun 22, 2014
    Smart, funny, thought-provoking, immaculately edited, with top-notch acting and pitch perfect directing and also impressive use of cameraSmart, funny, thought-provoking, immaculately edited, with top-notch acting and pitch perfect directing and also impressive use of camera work, Mike Nichols delivered in 1967 a true classic, a film that we could say it's ahead of its time. Not to mention the soundtrack: melancholic and simply outstanding. A must watch. Full Review »
  3. Aug 11, 2013
    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 »