“ Hard to say and here's why, some may wonder why they enjoyed it so much when the characters may have lost their "edge", and others will love it as much as they did when it first premiered.
“ Fans of Wes Anderson take notice: director Nichols edits and shoots with bold experimentation for this sort of dramedy; jump cutting in time, slow shifting camera focus, and long takes full of brilliant acting punctuate this fighting-to-come-of-age romance that flies past the conventions of its era to sit alongside the best that modern indie films offer.
“ While there is much drama in the film there are also some nice unexpected laughs; the final scene in the church is both surprising and very funny!
“An overdone by today's standards, but perhaps original in the 60s, montage then plays indicating the passing of time as he continues his emotionally empty affair.
“ The ending was amazing and enjoyable, it made the whole film for me.
“ The Graduate is a fun and exciting film filled with humor and romance.
“ Benjamin is a boring person.
“ The Graduate, in my review, "a perfectly entertaining romantic comedy".
“ She is dragged across hot coals in this.
“ Strangely enjoyable .
“ I watched this movie in my history of American cinema course and it was by far the most enjoyable film of the class.
“ So it was still exciting to watch it again.
“ Arresting cinematography, clever editing and Mike Nichols' direction help camouflage the sketchiness of the screenplay, though the trite musical soundtrack and the accompanying montages become tedious; the film seems to be marking time.
“ The Graduate may seem a bit dated to a younger audience, but the editing, acting, and soundtrack are some things that make it worth the watch.
“ He feels pressure from his parents and their well-to-do friends, and at his overwhelming graduation party, he runs into Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson, a bored housewife, the wife of Ben's father's business partner.
“ He's one of those directors who understands human interaction, dialog as well as silence, with vivid, subtle keenness (he made many other actor's films, the breathtaking Closer and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf for starters).
“ Hoffman's just perfect, both physically and attitudinally with his low-key confusion.
“ It's about a mundane boy and his teenage thoughts.
“ a very engaging character.
“ Mrs. Robinson is seductive towards Benjamin, but she does so in such an entertaining way, through her actions and dialogue.
“ With Dustin Hoffman's incredible performance, excellent soundtrack, and an entertaining and funny plot, this movie has something else.
“ Mrs Robinson also has contempt for her husband - a dull, dim, drone of a man whose marriage to Mrs Robinson only happened because he impregnated her.
“ it is worth watching for it!
“ Towards the end of the movie that song, and a lot of other Simon & Garfunkel songs, had gotten to just be repetitive and not really adding anything to the movie.
“The Robinsons are just as compelling, namely the sultry Mrs. The scenes she shares with Ben are magic and among the most memorable of the film.
“ There a are a few actors who make every nuance worth watching, and Dustin Hoffman is one of them.
“ Yet I would think the primary job of a director is not to use innovative visual tricks, but to ensure that the finished product tells a good story in a compelling manner, keeping the audience's attention, entertaining them throughout, and leaving them with thoughts and emotions to deal with after the film has ended.
“I watched it yesterday and found it strangely compelling.
“ It is coming of age love drama sprinkled with some hilarious moments.
“ The editing tells the story, and that in itself is exciting.
“ I was glad when the kid got with the daughter, and the wedding scene at the end was far more action packed than I thought it would be!
“It also provides an interesting study of the social period that was the 60's, where long-held conventions were broken down and youth found avenues to voice their discontent after many years of confusion and anguish.
“ Note the scene where Hoffman is in a diving suit and we hear him struggling to breath, feeling closed and somewhat smothered in that suit and once he's in the pool he tries to find his way and then just stands there, under the open water in a moment's quietness away from his parents's conventional 'boring' lifestyle.
“ Though not everyone may be able to relate to it, the story still rings true and proves that life after college is just confusing and frightening.
“ Perhaps the wild ideas of the film are what make it so enjoyable to some people.
“" It earned its place in cinema history, and it is probably worth watching by most adults at least once.
“One thing that I still was unable to shake is the fact that the music becomes incredibly repetitive throughout.
“" Nichol's direction is simply stunning, one scene in particular, which cuts between Ben swimming and sleeping with Mrs. Robinson is masterfully done and creates the perfect mood.
“ But director Mike Nichols tries to present it in such a way that Hoffman's character is bored out of his mind typical youth.
“ They meet at a hotel and he continues to produce a whiny, awkward, monotone energy and she continues to produce a practical, abrupt, impatient attitude.
“ Thoroughly enjoyable Gem .
“ This movie its about disquiet and boredom.
“ i thought this movie was incredibly entertaining.
“ Often overlooked as a highly-effective comedy, 'The Graduate' features a remarkable performance from Hoffman (who, at the age of thirty years, convincingly played a 21-year-old), as well as Anne Bancroft as the bored, domineering housewife who seduces him during a vulnerable period of his life.
“It's not my intention to argue too strenuously against this consensus: I don't believe there can be any doubt that the first half of the movie is much sharper, funnier, more intense, and just all-around more involving than the second half.
“ It's the film equivalent of listening to a song by The Beatles-- it's well arranged, has an interesting theme, but is nonetheless not as good as people think it is-- under the pretense of being loud and rebellious, it's a harmless, cooing reaffirmation of boring middle-class values.
“For me the most fascinating part of the film is the way in which Benjamin violently rejects the pigeon holed view of the future that his elders have in mind for him.
“ I saw this during it's initial theatrical release and it was a memorable coming of age film for it's time.
“What was most enjoyable about the film was how I could relate with Hoffman's shyness.
“ But she plays her devilish hand with a shrewd nastiness that makes 'The Graduate' such a compelling picture.
“ entertaining, amusing, delightful, and insightful .
“ Benjamin is a character who is embraced by loneliness, he is completely desperate to quench his emptiness, even though he may not know it, when Ben is invited to participate in a sexual adventure, this temporarily fills his void, but after a while he realizes that it only leaves him empty, and when falling in love with Elaine, he sees a desperate attempt to get rid of this "darkness", Ben is a completely broken character, that even in love, he has no idea what to do, loneliness who pursues Ben is the drama of many, and the way she is explored in the film is spectacular.
“ I think what makes this film so enjoyable is the relationship you achieve with the main character Ben, or Dustin Hofmann.
“ And his counterpart for nearly half of the movie, Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson, has a balancing act of her own- she can be alluring, demanding, sweet (with a vodka in hand), and sour, and in that sense she's the most fascinating character of the film.
“ It is Mrs. Robinson that is finally able to hold his attention when she asks for a ride home, and eventually takes advantage of his self – confusion and manipulates him into an affair.
“ A good film about the confusion and alienation that young people can have and how feelings such as those are dealt.
“ The incredible directing and camera work alone makes this movie a must, and even if one isn't looking for any deeper, artsy meaning they should find it incredibly entertaining.
“) What makes this feature of the cast more compelling is that it is made up almost entirely of second-choices.
“ The topic is quite silly actually, but the movie is very enjoyable.
“ Along comes Ben and she sees salvation through physical conquest; Ben is so over his head in confusion and insecurity that although he notices that he is being used he doesn't know what to do about it.
“ The dialogues are somewhat raw, but rather intriguing.
“ but all this, film is good in general besides i like old and cliché movies.
“What does hold true is the portrayal of a graduate with no clear future, returning to inhabit the fading skeleton of a life that's somehow no longer his own, and the dull resignation that there's little incentive to do anything about it.
“ The first half, the one without Elaine, when Ben haves his affair with Mrs Robinson is actually quite dull.
“ Despite all the drama that unfolds; the seduction followed by the 'coming-of-age' sex with an older woman, the falling in love with a fresh, vibrant young woman, The Graduate is, ultimately, a film about ennui; that dull, thudding, inexorable grind we face upon leaving school and being forced to 'decide what to do' for the rest of our sad, pathetic , predictable lives.
“ I don't know, but that magical performer's trick of Hoffman's is, along with Nichols' painstaking camera work, what keeps this film vivid and compelling all these many years later.
“ definitely a classic that im glad I got the opportunity to see, I enjoyed it and wouldn't mind watching it again.
“ "Artfully" Pointless .
“Viewed today after many years, the film remains engaging; still, to me it seems to rather lack a heart and soul.
“ Ben is rather bored with his life when the opportunity to have an affair with a family friend comes along.
“ Either way, I enjoyed it.
“Hoffman is suffering in nearly every moment of the film from his longings, feelings and dreams, and Mike Nichol's direction, the photography, the fascinating song sound track of Simon and Garfunkel (including some of their best songs like Mrs. Robinson, The Sounds of Silence and Scarborough Fair) and the brilliant cast of Hoffman, Katherine Ross and the late Anne Bancroft add weight to Hoffman's private world.
“ The overall plot was very intriguing.
“This detail aside, I still found it to be a hugely enjoyable film which left a lot to think about afterwards, as well as a lot of laughs, and it's worth watching if only for Hoffman's performance and delivery of that classic line: "Mrs.
“, the scuba diving, the disjointed perception of sounds and voices, etc.), they seemed unrealistic.
“ See it at some point to be immersed in it's distinctive personality.
“ This movie is great and I enjoyed it a lot.
“ It is apparent that he really just needed a connection with someone more his age who could understand all of the decisions he had to make and the confusion that he was suffering from.
“ In the end I was still captured by the film because it was getting more intense because relationships became complicated.
“ His family annoys him, and life is confusing.
“ I enjoyed it very much.
“ This is an excellent movie, its slow and still keeps your thought fixed.
“ Moving ahead into the future can either be exciting or scary for an individual.
“ The dull first half suddenly into a spectacular funny second half.
“ The story was intriguing and oddly relateable (only some parts of course.
“ This has to be the worst movie I've ever seen It's filled with boring scenes and bad acting skills.
“ Ben's searching for meaning in his morally empty upper-middle class life in which the only goals he has been given are the mindless pursuit of money and status.
“ While seeming taboo during the time the film, late 1960's early 1970's, The Graduate explored different perceptions of the coming of age era.
“ It felt fresh to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it the whole way through.
“ On another note there were a lot of fascinating uses of editing to make this film standout amongst others of its time like different angles, cuts, use of modern day music, and the use of nudity.
“A really good but above all things also a really enjoyable movie to watch!
“ The GraduateNichols's compelling drama of a rift between sexuality and morality is a forward pass on terms of the genre the cinema can and ought to offer.
“ Tracks like "Scarborough Fair" and "Sounds of Silence" add to the awkward coming of age in the movie, feeling comforted and uneasy at the same time.
“ Dustin Hoffman does an excellent job at portraying how confusing and overwhelming young adult life and graduating college can be.
“ Her performance as the sex-craved, alcoholic, house wife is astonishingly authentic and enjoyable to watch.
“" Those songs alone made this an enjoyable movie to spend time with.
“ The first half was entertaining; watching the awkward Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) stumble over himself as he carries on an affair with the attractive Mrs. Robinson.
“ It was entertaining throughout the movie because it had a level of comedy that most people can relate to when they are faced with certain things.
“ The Graduate is more of an intriguing and sometimes tragically light characterstudy than a comedy.
“ Indeed it could not be, since the main item up for display in the movie is the degree to which Benjamin's ability for clear thought has been subsumed by confusion, fear, self consciousness, and an almost soul-annihilating depression.
“ During one particularly tedious section of the film, the song "Are You Going To Scarborough Fair" is played not once, not twice, not even three times in a row.
“Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock is a young man who is dovetailed between his own confusion and youthful enthusiasm.
“ His camera-work altogether is an intense, very fixated series of extended shots, some of them taking us through long-lasting periods of action beginning with the profile shot of Dustin Hoffman on the automatic walking belt at the airport during the opening credits and his sustained closeup as he walks through his parents' party and is constantly stopped with several people invading the frame, creating the feeling of his space being violated.
“ An incredible picture, I highly recommend it.
“ An intriguing drama of the '60s.
“ Right away we get the impression that Benjamin Braddock, played by a young Dustin Hoffman in the film, is being pulled inexorably toward an unwanted future, and he feels trapped in his current situation of confusion.
“ Ben takes her on a purposely awful date to appease his parents, but then he discovers that in a time of vagueness and boredom, Elaine Robinson is the only person who really understands him.
“ A great & fascinating film .
“ It made a wonderful contrast to the dirty and empty affair scenes from the beginning of the movie between Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson.
“The early performance by Hoffman is very entertaining, a much-imitated comically shy young man who opens up only to inadvertently reveal himself as a force to be reckoned with, and Bancroft's performance is one for the books, riveting in her screen time as one of the great femmes fatale, both performances sharply contrasting in charisma to the less memorable Ross.
“ Having said that; there are three main characters that contribute to more than 80% of it; first of all, there's Dustin Hoffman who plays the lead role of Ben Braddock, picturing the ultimately realistic confusion of a recent successful college graduate, unsure of what to make up of his life.
“ And on top of that, the movie was long, slow, and boring.
“ I still cant fathom some of the parts of the movie and how everything adds up but even though it's a little confusing i think its still a great movie.
“ Finally, he did something that is unpredictable with the brave heart that beat the audience mind, and the end of the movie finish with the same song with the beginning.
“ It sounds typical soap but really goes in directions still unexpected after all these years.
“ It was so engaging and I felt so much concern for the main character that I actually started forgetting I was watching a film, both of the times I watched it (I feel like watching it again sometime really soon, considering it genuinely is pretty entertaining).
“ Mrs Robinson played by Anne Bancroft is going through a midlife crisis and bored with her marriage.
“" I found that to be pretty fascinating because he went out his way to get her and she ran out on the middle of her wedding to be with him.
“ It's like.."gee guys, here's a boring part, let's jam another irrelevant Simon and Garfunkel song in here!
“The list goes on with the minor things The Graduate does right, but what it does is give us an entertaining story that miraculously avoids the shortcomings and pitfalls of a daytime soap-opera thanks to its acting and its narrative layers.
“ That makes this move great and enjoyable still today and I hope for generations to come.
“ I still enjoy The Graduate after all these years: many funny scenes, others poignant, and Bancroft so stunning.
“ It's a kind of coming of age story, replete with family drama, comedy and great performances.
“ I enjoyed this film, even if other people enjoyed it more than I did.
“ It contains one of the funniest and most exciting climaxes in cinema.
“ What internal rhythm does he allow us to lock into so as to keep him a compelling figure, and one who garners our full sympathy, while being at the same time a total cipher.
“ I was pleasantly surprised that this movie was so enjoyable because I don't think that Dustin Hoffman is remotely sexually attractive.
“ The filming, the editing, the acting, the set designs and everything else all work to portray issues that most people fresh out of college are left to deal with, but in an exaggerated and entertaining manner.
“ Its kind of pointless.
“ Twisted cliché story .
“ THE GRADUATE is a romantic comedy drama that, through a generation gap, examines a youthful rebellion, confusion and their strange views on life.
“ This is a film that everyone should watch, it's entertaining and thought provoking.
“ The climax which is a bit dragged brought me mixed feelings which was out of tone compared to the rest of the movie.
“ At any rate, it seems coming of age requires something extreme, ditching the world and obligations, the way that Benjamin does at the end of The Graduate.
“ However, it was extremely intriguing and watching Ben and how he grew was remarkable.
“ *** spoiler ends*** Overall, it is an intriguing film of the '60s and will make you think of what life decisions would one make following college.
“ Bancroft is stunning as the cold-hearted seductress.
“ In the course of the next 3 hours I read the novel and found to my amazement that Charles Webb's dialogue was lifted verbatim from the book to the novel; and here I had always thought Buck Henry had written the cleverly paced and frustratingly banal words that are devastating for Benjamin to hear.
“ Overall, I have mixed feelings on "The Graduate" and recommend others to watch the movie when you're tired and in bed so the slow pace won't annoy you.
“ But, there were other parts where I just found it to be a little hard to follow or just boring.
“ The editing is used to give vision to the confusion and absolute panic Ben feels when Mrs. Robinson first seduces him after all we all know "Mrs.
“Considering I was expecting a straight-out drama, 'The Graduate' has its own share of hilariously comedic moments, most arising from Ben's pathetic impulsive actions when placed in a confusing situation.
“ I thought that the movie was very entertaining.
“ Visually Amazing if you can Stay Awake .
“ However, the star of the show is Anne Bancroft as the bored housewife posing as a super confident, stylish and refined mature lady.
“ Coming of Age Done Masterfully .
“ Romance is supposed to have some sort of "exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)" even if it is a comedy.
“ What the cast gives in acting, Nichols doubles in directing, catching the emotions of every seen from Ben's timidness and confusion on the first night of his affiar to the chaos that ensues when Elaine's wedding is hilariously interupted in a completely anti-Christian way.
“ Even though I watched it for a second time and I definitely enjoyed it more the second time, I still felt like the movie kind of dragged on towards the end of the movie.
“ The dreamlike sequence before Hoffman's first sexual encounter with Mrs. Robinson is absolutely stunning and powerful, a visionary moment that speaks profoundly.
“ But seen on video or home entertainment, the film seems pointless and weak.
“ The Graduate was a very funny and entertaining film.
“ I found The Graduate to be irritatingly unfunny and mind-numbingly boring.
“ It all comes down to Elaine's wedding day with an exciting act by Elaine.
“ But the whole thing has such a sly, anarchic slant to it that it's enjoyable despite these dubious factors.
“ By getting on that bus, Elaine and Ben made a thrilling getaway.
“ Slow, cut in small episodes.
“ The way it's directed and edited make the film annoying to unwatchable.
“ A movie about the coming of age, and a disenchanted college graduate wondering about his future and trying to escape the predestined path his parents want him to follow.
“ You're loaded, but bored.
“ I'm not sure if it is an intentional reflection of Ben's internal state, however it was really boring.
“ Though feels a bit slow in the beginning, there is much of wittiness and charm in each of the situations created in the story.
“ Another way that Nichols showed Ben's frustration and feelings of being lost and going nowhere is when he runs to the church where Elaine is getting married because his car runs out of gas.
“ Ben objects, but when his confusion about his future overruns his mangled good judgment, he takes up her offer and they continue to "see" each other for several months, a secret that they conceal quite perfectly.
“ The pitfalls of Stacey's mum over two hours which means it's extremely engrossing.
“ Noble ventures aside, many of these endeavours seem more and more as fruitless and frozen-in- time as the lull in the back of that bus, as the young pair exchange nervous glances and the fervour slowly wears off.
“ What makes a bad movie a horrible bomb is when there is a waste of talent, money, props, and among other things, music.
“ In my opinion it is an adolescent film for the adolescent minded and should be dragged off its complacent pedestal.
“ But after the initial enthusiasm wears off, the smiles on the two of them dissipate and our final image of them is one of sheer dejection and confusion.
“ Disjointed .
“ The director was greatly assisted by two stellar performances, Anne Bancroft as Mrs Robinson of course, and Dustin Hoffman, who was just perfect as Benjamin the priggish bore, who finishes up causing an amazing amount of emotional damage through `self fulfilment.
“ Nichols somehow fuses the beautifully, the product is a truly stunning film.
“ The story is quite long and gripping with a very good climatic ending.
“ This plot ties into the theme by further confusing Ben's emotional state.
“ I've always thought that The Graduate was funny and have always understood the plot of a young man lost in the confusion of an ever nearing adult world.
“ Simon and Garfunkel provide the best soundtrack of this time period, it helps create a stunning tone.
“Despite this, I found the movie very entertaining.
“Characters that were naive and easily manipulated one minute become manipulative and conniving the next and vica-versa as often as the contrived story requires.
“ An Empty Sky .
“ Overall a good but unexpected plot .
“ Bored and undecided about what to do with his life, Benjamin is seduced by a friend of the family, middle-aged Mrs. Robinson (a wonderful Anne Bancroft, who was actually only 36).
“ And it is this sense of self awareness that makes this film stand out so much from your average coming of age film.
“ Sure, Buck Henry and Calder Willingham add natural humor that at times get's uncomfortable, but this film is more a depressed coming of age story than a comedy like many approach it to be.
“ If you have a (mature) teenage child whose bored one saturday afternoon, rent this and have them watch it with you.
“ Great coming of age story.
“ It is an engaging, entertaining, emotional, funny, and classic ride, that even includes a bit of pretty smart satire on top of all that!
“ At risk of sounding trite, The Graduate is like life: comedy and tragedy are rarely far apart.
“ Plus, the songs are enjoyable by themselves, even without context.
“ Great Soundtrack, Fine Film, Coming of Age in 1960's Defined .
“ While the script is wonderful, the acting first-rate, and the soundtrack evocative and beautiful, I still have to say that the best parts of The Graduate are the cinematography and editing.
“ Each week it made important points in a highly entertaining way, then the episode was over.
“ I am going "Old School" with my 4th favorite film from class with Mike Nichols coming of age hit The Graduate.
“ the first half of the movie was intriguing and if you are a recent graduate you will probably connect to Hoffman's situation.
“ Was it entertaining?
“ I thought the main character, Ben, was very boring and didn't have a lot of personality which made the whole movie kind of boring to me.
“ Benjamin is a college graduate lost in a venal, empty universe, a "plastic" world.
“ Your parents have a hot friend, who is also loaded and bored.
“ The Graduate is an entertaining, ironic film concerning a young man being seduced by an older woman, and how he matures from the experience.
“ The writing and dialog in this movies makes it so enjoyable.
“40 years ago they made a romantic drama as fast paced as 21st century sci-fi action blockbusters.
“ A spectacular coming of age film that brilliantly characterizes adulthood and life after college.
“ The couple has dashed onto the bus, full of adrenaline, passion.
“ In particular, the stunning Sound of Silence resonates and is just perfect for this film.
“ Now Benjamin's confused out of his mind and the audience is getting pulled deeper in the drama of this film through Benjamin's anguish and confusion.
“ He has a point, but I think The Graduate puts forward a case for the sexualising of romantic cinema as something which makes the depiction of relationships more interesting, more compelling.
“ There is a notable shot which utilizes sound, or the lack of it, to perfectly illustrate Ben's feelings; when Ben is dragged out in his scuba gear by his father, there are cuts to POV shots from inside the suit, these shots include only the sound of the suits re-breather and represent Ben's feelings of his disconnection from the world of his parents.
“ He feels boredom and sets out to satisfy that boredom by doing the 'off-limits', only to discover that it too is conventional and boring in its own way.
“ She will distract herself from her boredom by having an affair with young Benjamin--perhaps not her first.
“ Actually boring and even confusing.
“ This is a really fantastic and enjoyable film that was an avant-guard and groundbreaking film which (along with a few other) helped begin a whole new era of Hollywood movies.
“In the beginning,we have a tale of the crossroads between youth and manhood and the confusion that usually goes with it.
“ Same here too by Elaine, before he was obsessive because his life was empty without her, now he had her, he was good.
“ I understand that this movie is supposed to be crafty and artistic but it's just boring.
“ First, Benjamin decides to call Mrs. Robinson for the first meeting after additional setup so I guess this is a attributed to boredom.
“ Having disarmed the cult, Hoffman and Ross begin an exciting, albeit uncertain, future...
“ It seems radically dated and essentially unwatchable.
“ It's neither negative nor positive, just sort of neutral, not amounting to much in the total scheme of things, yet an engrossing diversion of times past.
“ The premise is set up in a compelling way.
“ The editing tricks in this film are also mind blowing.
“ It's an escapist movie for people who identify with this youth who don't know what life is about, it's a hymn for immaturity, for this excitement that makes life enjoyable, freedom to make our own mistakes, believing that it's never 'too late'...
“ The cinematography and the editing in this film were award winning in my opinion and the film is well worth the watch just to see the unique and artful use of the camera and editing techniques.
“ It was a fun movie to watch; it had suspense, drama, humor, romance; everything required for an entertaining film.
“ Slow-paced, kinda boring .
“ So we have this film that just craps all over middle aged traditional grownups (they're all alcoholic cheaters, bored with their suburban lifestyles, etc etc), and it has our glorified ending where the two young lovers in pure bliss go off in the sunset on a bus.
“ Benjamin Braddock comes home after a stunning college career only to realise he doesn't have his hands on the controls; we watch him slowly wake up and take charge of things.
“This is a very entertaining, cute, and funny movie that one can watch over and over again.
“As is much noted elsewhere, the film plays out its best tricks very early and we have a long yawn before we get to the memorable climax.
“ There are many occasions throughout the film where the audience can sense his feelings of entrapment and confusion.
“ I am also, in retrospect, surprised that Katherine Ross' film career went nowhere after this (although she was in Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid a few years later).
“" Ben needs time after four years of intense academic achievements to digest what he's just done.
“ Bancroft as the bored, aged manipulator and Hoffman as the innocent babe play off each other very effectively.
“ Black and white are important because they represent boredom and lack of excitement.
“ overall a very successful coming of age story.
“ And what a fascinating story it is and it's performed brilliantly.
“ As an ex-alcoholic seductress, she opens a whole new world to Benjamin, and the way she does it is oh so thrilling to view.
“ With The Graduate, Mike Nichols created a sharp, engaging portrait of bourgeoisie life and the struggle for agency endemic to youth.
“You would not know it unless you watched this film two or three times, but Nichols is a genius with the symbolism he uses in showing the confusing journey that is Benjamin's life.
“ I feel like only the first and last 10 minutes of the film are really exciting.
“ While technically sound on every level, The Graduate is slow, plodding, and probably only got a pass at the time of its release due to the subject matter.
“ A really enjoyable movie, above all things.
“Yes, it is a film about the confusion of youth about love and loss of innocence, you can read into it on many different levels, but when all is said and done it is a damn fine entertaining film.
“ It's really a thrilling scene.
“ A gripping story about a boy seeking the true love.
“ The story, itself, keeps your attention because it's just strongly gripping insofar as this character finds himself in extremely awkward and threatening situations.
“ I thought this movie was a lot but it was kind of dull.
“ I loved the fast paced plot.
“ this was one of the worst movies I've seen in my life.
“ The ending of the movie comes across in some ways as a bit cliché, although there's an openness to it as well as you wonder what awaits Elaine and Ben after all they've experienced.
“ The director Mike Nichols gave us a compelling, sometimes downright artsy film in The Graduate that is set to one of the greatest soundtracks in American movie history.
“ So, he begins a sordid affair with Mrs. Robinson that leaves him bored, uncaring,& in his own words, "just drifting".
“ The drama/romance/comedy The Graduate, by director by Mike Nichols, was as exciting to watch as a suspense thriller in the sense that you really couldn't tell where the story was going at any point in the film.
“ The bored housewife stuck in a meaningless marriage, out looking for some fun is something you see quite a lot in today's time as well.
“ This effect coincides with Benjamin's car as it begins to slow down and eventually die on the side of the road.
“ Even Jerry Springer is now Ho-Hum.
“ This guy fits almost the entireprofile - frantic efforts to avoid abandonment, intense unstableemotional relationships, poor insight and sense of self,impulsivity, unstable mood, chronic feelings of emptiness, suddenbursts of intense uncontrollable anger.
“ Boring Movie .
“ They're are going against typical societal norms, which makes the storyline so compelling, and dramatic, not just comedic.
“ The film is dramatic, comical, and even a bit suspenseful near its resolution.
“ Nichols is very erudite and entertaining, filling his comments with both historical information and keen observation.
“ All said and above is the writing that makes it a story worth watching and being compelled to.
“ This wonderful comedic-satire is visually engaging, thought stimulating and a film in which almost any young person in there twenties, whom all the sudden must learn to deal with the overwhelming and harsh realities and choices of adult like, can easily relate to.
“Overall this is a great film, I would say a weak 9/10 just because it is slow at some parts.
“ I can see why this is considered to be a classic, but honestly I was pretty bored until the second half of the movie when Elaine came into the picture.
“Another scene that is intriguing is during the party Benjamin's parents throw for him upon returning home.
“ The happy but somewhat confusing ending falls into place and Elaine and Benjamin can live happily ever after.
“ It's easy to see that he and Elaine could very easily end up just as shallow and empty as their parents.
“ It's so entertaining, you'd want to watch it over and over again.
“ The second is the sexual imagery which really keeps you on the edge of your seat and always thinking and wondering.
“ On the other hand at the end, they both had a very confusing look as "what do we do now?
“ A classic, funny and entertaining .
“" With it all, probably the most entertaining film I've ever seen.
“This is a gripping story about a boy seeking the true love.
“ Which makes for good locker room humor, but a boring movie line.
“It requires a bit of meditation, it is only entertaining if you get in touch with your inner self and not expect to watch the screen and BE entertained.
“ It's a charming depiction of coming of age and to terms with ones' self.
“ The camerawork in this film is simply breathtaking.
“ He gives his character a certain innocence throughout the film, which is very entertaining to watch him get in certain situations.
“ The second "romance" is hardly ever developed, and towards the end it all spirals out frantically and messily into predictable territory.
“ In the begining I thought this film was dull and that it was not going anywhere.
“ This is the quintessential coming of age drama.
“ Mike Nichols has a timeless classic story of the coming of age of a young man.
“ As a long time lover of Simon & Garfunkel's music, having it playing in the background for a majority of the film made it that much more enjoyable.
“ Her conversations with Ben are as empty as those of him and her daughter.
“ Perhaps it is simply to try something new and exciting or branch out into the world or let off some stress.
“ The editing is more than respectable as it is used in a variety of stunning ways.
“ I next watched it in 1981 and found it enjoyable, watchable, somewhat dated, not accurate about the '60s.
“ Ben finally follows Elaine out to school where the film has a frantic, fast paced, and enjoyable ending.
“ The first time I saw this movie I enjoyed it more than you can possibly imagine.
“ Maybe modern youth have it worse than Benjamin; our coming of age is not so straightforward.
“ (rolling eyes) Still, its entertaining and worth watching.
“ Mike Nichol's intriguing closeup shots all the way through the film 11.
“ The only thing that got tedious with the film is that most of the scenes shows him driving a car and they keep playing the same songs throughout, with drove me insane.
“ I'd maybe not call it a classic, but I sure recommend watching this pretty entertaining film.
“ It is a very bizarre story, but ultimately, it was pretty entertaining, despite the fact I never got my good laugh!
“ There starts the film's weaker second half: Ben's infatuation with Elaine is not as believable, funny or compelling as his affair with Mrs. Robinson, and they fall in love with each other way too quickly.
“ It's a story that can be cute, funny, dramatic and intriguing.
“ "Here's to your Mrs. Robinson" is playing as he drives and then slowly begins to slow down and fade, to an eventual stop.
“ absolute waste of time!
“ The Graduate is so entertaining and likable that the flaws just slowly fade into a distance.
“ There were lots of long takes some of the long takes i thought were a good idea but some I feel made the movie slow down and made it kind of boring.
“ To me, while this is a coming of age comedy, the comedy in this is slow paced & lighter than GIRL SHY & in 1967 they got away with more adult themes & scenes than Lloyd could have dared to try in 1924.
“ Another classic thats boring and pointless .
“ I personally belong to "generation X"; I seldom watch a film older than '79 because I have been mis-educated via TV that most pre-80s movies are dull and poorly edited.
“ Also there were numerous scenes where Benjamin is in bed with a woman, engaging in sex before marriage which was unheard of prior to this era.
“ Realistically, she would have called the police and they would have dragged him away.
“ But the very best aspect of The Graduate is that it is blessed with quick, snappy and witty dialogue, cleverly architected by writers Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, based on a novel by Charles Webb.
“ Then there's a sequence that shortly follows at a party where Hoffman's Benjamin is bored to death.
“ Dustin Hoffman as Ben does a bang up job playing the hapless graduate who desperately wants to escape his boring, careerist fate (as predetermined by his parents and society at large).
“The Theme: The theme is the coming of age after college life.
“ In the beginning all the awkwardness was rather funny which made it enjoyable and kept my attention.
“ Hoffman's monotone voice throughout the whole film adds to the mystery that he is trying to depict in his character.
“ You've got to love his reactions to Bancroft in the classic seduction scene- it's very entertaining.
“ I would highly recommend it to anyone.
“ This is a coming of age movie that works for me.
“ Take a look at the story of Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a 21-year-old who gets caught up in a sexual journey with the mother of the girl he loves, the movie script is perfectly told, always exploring all sides of the story, the pains, anxieties and fears of all the characters, and we are glazed and stuck to its narrative, even being a romantic comedy, a genre that massively searches for cliche.
“ How better to depict the pressure, the confusion we sometimes feel, than that scene where Benjamin dons scuba gear and is urged to get in the water...
“ A rare combination of great comedy and compelling drama .
“ Although at times the plot was rather unrealistic, the intense performance of the lead roles more than made up for it.
“ But beyond that it is a beautifully narrated story of a violent awakening from the lethargy and boredom of a ready-made life.
“Nichols' brilliant direction reinforces the complex exploration of confusion and uncertainty.
“It seems kind of dated to me for two reasons: the simon & garfunkel soundtrack seems a little pretentious, lyrics-wise ("hello darkness, my old friend") where music today seems to be a little less earnest, and the camera work is not as fluid as today's movies are.
“ The music, cinematography, dialog, and story are all compelling.
“ It's entertaining and bold and was a landmark for the 60s.
“ In a word, I thought the movie was boring.
“ He is looking for more than just a hollow way of making money and establishing a future, which seems to be the unbearable word that Ben has trouble passing his lips.
“) If you want to see a decent '60's coming of age movie, rent "Goodbye, Columbus"
“ Some films just grab you and take you for an entertaining ride, and this is one of them.
“ It's about confusion, about a million people telling you what to do and you just wanting to tell everyone to slow down, just let you rest for a second.
“ Good acting, directing, and musical scores together made this movie worth watching.
“ This film shows a young man's confusion, desire for isolation, and struggle against his parents and society's demands.
“ By the end it seemed like a waste of time.
“ Mrs. Robinson is like a beast of prey, hungering for sex, absorbing young men's bodies to fight off the specter of old age, hysterically suppressing the anxiety that it causes, keeping her young daughter, whom she regards as her competitor and therefore, adversary, neurotically at bay.
“ The movie conveyed a message about life and I felt it meant you only live once, so do what you have to do to get what u want; however the end of the movie is a bit pointless, on their behalf.
“I'd recommend this to family and friends seeing as how it's a funny movie and quite entertaining.
“ Summer of Love 1967), was a stirring, hugely entertaining event for the generation that embraced sex, drugs, rock and roll, more sex, more drugs, and then, for the most part, became what the parents wanted Benjamin to be.
“ Ben is often seen to be separated from large crowds, and Mrs Robinson is always shot in vast, empty buildings.
“ Eventually he gives in to pressure and takes her out on a deliberately bad date; something unexpected happens though; he falls in love with her.
“ For example, there's a particular scene where Benjamin is "drifting" on the pool's air mattress, and he's interrupted by his irritating parents and the Robinsons themselves, and as they begin discussing his current uneventful life, the camera perfectly displays these incredibly condescending figures looking down at him with the sun shining so brightly that it seems to be blinding both the viewer and Benjamin as he's forced to look up at them.
“ However, it still is an entertaining movie that is still enjoyable to watch even to this day.
“ The plot and story line are both interesting and suspenseful to see what will happen.
“ In fact, there were several parts of the movie that I found quite entertaining.
“ Isolated amongst his family, worried about his future, and plagued by confusion, Ben is seduced by the neighbor's wife, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and engages in a three-month long affair.
“ The story is about youth and the confusion one might have.
“ But the majority of it is just empty and irrelevant today.
“ Scenes are lively, almost on the surreal side, and certainly engaging.
“ Clearly Nichols directed a gem here that's a timeless coming of age classic that a viewer can find meaningful anytime.
“Like Benjamin, "The Graduate" just kind of sits there, staring at you bored, self-absorbed, and lazy.
“" Interesting and compelling satire .
“ It's quick, jittery, fast paced.
“ First of all and- in my opinion- most importantly, the film carries with it a highly intriguing and interesting story that keeps you entertained the entire way as the clever plot unravels.
“) out of desire for experimentation and his need to fulfill his boredom.
“ The Graduate was a very entertaining film; nothing really tuned me off completely while watching it.
“ Because of this shot, coupled with the empty, lost look on Ben's face, the viewer gets a very clear sense that Ben is being dragged toward a future and a place that he does not wish to face.
“ The great and classical soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel, a group of good actors and one of the most famous scenes in cinema history with Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman as protagonists cannot make up a poor, even lame plot, an incoherent and silly story full of holes and a dull direction and editing.
“ Creative, compelling & classic .
“ This movie is shot well with camera tricks but the entire movie is boring and slow.
“ All told this was a very well made movie, and I enjoyed it greatly.
“ Dealing of this film ambiguously displays a very intense and powerful felling of revolution or mutiny in opposition to all individuals during that time frame.
“ He exudes 'sullen-youth-ness', boredom-with-life, naiveté, awkwardness and an (almost) 'aspergers' style of speech which are amusing and poignant.
“This could've been a very boring, mundane film.
“-> Pointless Cinematography and editing.
“ The performances were naturalistic, so ahead of there time, and the storytelling is so unpredictable and unorthodox.