Throwback Thursday: Things you might not know about 'The Graduate': Page 4 of 5

Although the movie was very well received by most movie reviewers, Pauline Kael, one of the foremost film critics of her time, famously took exception with what she called a “very commercial piece of work.” On, Kristin Hunt writes that Kael thought it was “corny American” and couldn’t believe that young, hip audiences were falling for its slick entertainment that sold “youthful narcissism.”

Kael got a few other things wrong during her career. Notably, she called Stanley Kubrick an “amateur” and dubbed 2001: A Space Odyssey a “monumentally unimaginative” film that could only be enjoyed by viewers who are “stoned or idiots.” 


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