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  • Summary: Shy Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) returns home from college with an uncertain future. Then the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), seduces him, and the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Ross). But there'sShy Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) returns home from college with an uncertain future. Then the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), seduces him, and the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Ross). But there's one problem: she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter. (MGM) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    100
    The Graduate is a flawlessly acted and produced film. [Review of re-release]
  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. 100
    The funniest American comedy of the year.
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    40
    The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.

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  1. Aug 27, 2014
    10
    One of the film industry's most captivating story lines. With more-than-notable performances from its cast, it's difficult to go wrong with aOne of the film industry's most captivating story lines. With more-than-notable performances from its cast, it's difficult to go wrong with a Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack. Expand
  2. Apr 16, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A eye-popping controversially mind-provoking comedy with the wacky taste of diversion from the dark dullness silence of life to something more bizarre that shatters innocence forever

    Dustin Hoffman in his first motion picture debut, plays a college graduate Benjamin Braddock with a directionless view of life, unable to decide what to do with his future he ends taking a bizarre turn for something worse ,trading in a lame life of innocence, littered with business proposals for plastics and annoying parents who expect him to do something good for life, when he ends up getting seduced by Mrs. Robinson (played by Anne Bancroft in an iconic role turned down by many other actresses) he soon finds his new life stuck in a bed having sex with a woman older than him will come at a great price to his escape from a normal life, when he meets Elaine Robinson the daughter of Mrs. Robinson and everything goes chaotic for Ben's life as he races to abandon everything for tough luck and prevent Elaine from getting involved into a forced marriage devised by her parents.

    Mike Nichols does a great hand in directing to make a classical masterpiece of the unexpected virtues of life marred by complete ignorance for whats healthy for your life, the ending will leave with a painful feeling of wanting to reorganize your life without a regrettable error.

    hands down the number one coming of age legacy of the late 60s
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  3. AlyssaC.
    Jun 15, 2008
    10
    Classic.
  4. Feb 4, 2012
    9
    A true classic. This is a film that was ahead of it's time when it was released in 1967. A solid cast (all major characters were nominatedA true classic. This is a film that was ahead of it's time when it was released in 1967. A solid cast (all major characters were nominated for Academy Awards) and a fun, fun story. Fun is the key word to say when discussing this film. Highly recommended. Expand
  5. May 15, 2013
    8
    Magnificent, interesting and different. A grand and beautiful film itself with great performances and a plot with a splendid and full weightMagnificent, interesting and different. A grand and beautiful film itself with great performances and a plot with a splendid and full weight toward the film. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  7. Jul 1, 2012
    0
    Honestly, I spent my whole life hearing about this film and how important it was as an industry milestone movie, but I never saw it. IHonestly, I spent my whole life hearing about this film and how important it was as an industry milestone movie, but I never saw it. I finally watched it and honestly I was blown away. The cinematography and editing alone is flawless and innovative even by modern standards. The story line is as captivating now as it was then and the acting is so natural and fluid. If you are a Wes Anderson fan you must see this because he nods this direction countless times in his movies. Believe the hype on this one, it is the real deal. Collapse

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