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The Graduate


Mike Nichols

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About the Movie

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards and Winner for Best Directing, this groundbreaking film classic launched the career of two-time Oscar Winner Dustin Hoffman. During a party given by his parents to celebrate his graduation, Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) is seduced by the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), the wife of his father’s business partner and closes friends. Although Benjamin is shy and inexperienced, they have an affair. But then, when Benjamin falls in love with Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross), a jealous and angry Mrs. Robinson does everything in her power to keep the young couple apart.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 75
  • Fresh: 67
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 8.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Makes you feel a little tearful and choked-up while it is making you laugh yourself raw. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Mar 10, 2015

Fresh: A delightful, satirical comedy-drama. – A.D. Murphy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The remarkably true ring of Webb's dialogue is preserved and augmented, the visual potential lifted to next power in absurdity. – John Mahoney, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 20, 2014

Fresh: The emotional elevation of the film is due in no small measure to the extraordinarily engaging performances of Anne Bancroft as the wife-mother-mistress, Dustin Hoffman as the lumbering Lancelot, and Katherine Ross as his fair Elaine. – Andrew Sarris, Village Voice, Jan 14, 2013

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Customer Reviews

A classic movie!

I want to buy this movie, not rent it.

Amazing Classic!!

Best classic movie I've ever seen! Dustin Hoffman plays the graduate Benjamin Braddock. Anne Bancroft plays Mrs. Robinson. I never stop watching this movie because Dustin Hoffman is great in this classic. I love when Mr. McGuire says Plastics to the Graduate. The theme song Sound of Silence is very famous. My favorite scene is when he puts the cross on the door. One word for this movie: AMAZING!

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