Robert’s Reviews: The Graduate

Hello Clever People! Welcome to my review for one of my favorite films of all time, The Graduate. This film follows Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) as he deals with the odd stage between college and adulthood by having an affair with his parents friends that leads him down a road he would have never expected. Click the link below to watch the review for this phenomenal masterpiece!

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 14-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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  1. Steve Steve says:

    You’re incredible, Robert.  I’m amazed at your youth and ability to have such passion about the movies.  I thought your approach was very interesting for this review.  I enjoyed it very much.  You took me back to 1968, so let me explain.  The Graduate is a movie I’ve seen more than any other – far more.  And I’ve been around awhile.  In fact, when The Graduate first came out, it played in a theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.  The Theatre was named the Four Star Theatre.  I was assistant manager there in 1968 and first part of 1969 before going into the Navy.  The Four Star Theatre was the only theatre that played The Graduate in southern California for the first six months.  Back in 1968, theatres were different.  They weren’t multiplexes like they are now.  And there weren’t as many theatres.  The Graduate was so popular that we had HUGE lines for every showing.  One long line went all the way around the block to the next street to buy tickets, and another line just as long went the other way around the block with people who’d bought tickets.  The block was always surrounded by people.  And we were always turning people away.  The popularity of the movie was just as incredible as was the movie itself.  I met many movie stars there who went to enjoy the movie.  The ones I remember most included Katherine Hepburn, Marlo Thomas, Dick Van Dyke, Raquel Welsh, and Edward G. Robinson.  It was so much fun to work there during The Graduate.  And I absolutely loved that movie.  Like you said, every scene serves a purpose.  I was totally mesmerized by The Graduate.  When I found out the hotel scenes were filmed inside the Ambassador Hotel I had to go see the filming location.  It was awesome to stand there in the lobby and visualize those scenes being filmed.  I only lived 5 blocks from the Ambassador which was on Wilshire Blvd. and the Four Star Theatre was on Wilshire.  Both now have been demolished.  That really depresses me.  The Ambassador Hotel is also where the famous and iconic Coconut Grove nightclub was.  And the hotel is where Robert F. Kennedy was shot in 1968.  The Ambassador Hotel was dear to my heart.  I was so happy to see you do your review on The Graduate.  Nice to hear you say it might be in your top 3 movies of all time.  The music was amazing.  It weaves throughout the movie helping to create the perfect feelings to fit every scene  more than any other movie, I believe.  The only other movie comparable that comes to mind would be Saturday Night Fever.  At the end of The Graduate, I’ve always felt Benjamin and Elaine would have a happy life in spite of the consequences.  It would be tough at times.  But I like to think they worked through the rough spots together and had a good life of their own choosing.  I’m sorry I missed the showing at the theatre.  Good job, Robert.  I really enjoyed your review.  And it took me back to 1968 and my wonderful experience working with The Graduate at the Four Star Theatre.  Thanks for the memories.

    • Steve Steve says:

      By the way, Robert …  I have a feeling this movie has affected your way of thinking as you grow and face adulthood yourself.  I don’t think you’re going to become part of the ‘plastic’ mold.  You’re going to be who you are and succeed at what you love in live.

      • Steve DuBois Steve DuBois says:

        And remembering the popularity of The Graduate, I’m reminded that one evening we had a special event for the woman who bought the millionth ticket.  She was showered with media attention and gifts from movie executives.

    • Robert Burke Robert Burke says:

      What a story! Love to hear about how big of an influence this film was, helps show me that the masses appreciate fantastic films. Thank you so much for the compliments!

  2. Barbara says:

    Terrific review, Robert!  The Graduate is one of my favorites of all time, too.  As soon as I saw that your review this week was going to be The Graduate, I could not see it soon enough.  Really enjoyed  your insights on this legendary,  classic film.  Your refreshing reviews are impressive, and your comments were spot-on in my opinion.  You made me want to rent it and enjoy it again real soon.  Keep up the great work!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Another excellent review, Robert. The Graduate has always been one of my favorite movies, one I’ve seen many times. Your in depth analysis made me think of the film in ways I had not done before.  You captured the essence of the times, as well as the film’s message, which is timeless.

  4. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Great review, and lots of props for almost everyone involved—except for the scriptwriter, Buck Henry.  Just putting it out there that writers need love, too.  I’m reminded of the opening credits of “Deathpool,” in which the writers make fun of everyone involved and save all the kudos for themselves.

    Buck Henry was also an accomplished comedic actor.  In one memorable but not-so-comedic scene from “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (starring David Bowie) involves some hit-men breaking into Henry’s high-rise apartment to do him in.  They try to throw him through the plate glass window, which cracks like safety glass but doesn’t shatter.  Henry bounces off the window and lands on the living room floor, saying to his assailants, “Sorry!”  On the second toss, he goes through the window.  The next shot is first-person perspective, falling through the air, the ground rushing up.  You can’t see Henry, but you can hear him breathing heavily.

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