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The Graduate Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The funniest American comedy of the year.

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  • 40

    out of 100


    The screenplay, which begins as genuine comedy, soon degenerates into spurious melodrama.

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  • 90

    out of 100


    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.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Influential coming-of-age sex comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a unique comedy charting an affair between a young man and a married friend of his parents. Much time is spent on the initial seduction and subsequent clandestine meetings in hotel rooms. Though no graphic depictions of intercourse are shown, there are brief shots of female nudity during the seduction and later in a nightclub scene, where a woman strips down to underwear and pasties. Language is fairly restrained, with a few minor curse words, like "ass" or "damn" used sparingly. Many of the adults are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes very casually and with an air of acceptance.

  • Families can talk about how well this movie has aged. Does Benjamin's lack of direction upon graduating seem applicable today, or is it more reflective of the state of youth in the 60s? Parents will definitely want to address his complicated relationship with Mrs. Robinson. Does Mrs. Robinson seem genuinely interested in Benjamin? If not, what might her motives be in seducing him? Why does Elaine seem to gain appeal for Benjamin when Mrs. Robinson forbids him to see her? Why is the movie called The Graduate?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Ben has an adulterous affair with an older woman.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not applicable

  • sex false3

    Sex: Although only brief nudity is present, sex is an ever-present topic. Ben has an affair with a married woman, then falls in love with her daughter.

  • language false3

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Celebration of elaborate gifts (Alfa Romeo, Scuba gear).

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some 60s-level drinking and smoking.