There is brilliant interplaying and underplaying, of script, performers and direction which will raise howls of laughter from audiences, yet never descends on the screen to overdone mugging, pratfall and other heavy-handed devices normally employed.
-A.D. MurphyFull Review
A brilliant work of popular art, it redefined nostalgia as a marketable commodity and established a new narrative style, with locale replacing plot, that has since been imitated to the point of ineffectiveness.
-Dave KehrFull Review
American Graffiti acts almost as a milestone to show us how far (and in many cases how tragically) we have come.
-Roger EbertFull Review
It is a very good movie, funny, tough, unsentimental.
-Roger GreenspunFull Review
Playfully suggests what life was like for white teenagers in small-town America during the 1950s and early 1960s.
-Dennis SchwartzFull Review
American Graffiti is a music-infused tone poem - a fond, delicate trip back to an era often forgotten.
-R. L. ShafferFull Review
It's one of the all-time great feel good films, but its sly cultural commentary is what makes it the masterpiece that it is.
-Thomas CaldwellFull Review
Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.
-Randy WhiteFull Review
A funny-serious movie with gorgeous cars and colours and an amazing feel for the artefacts of an instantly vanished era.
The film that launched a thousand careers.
-Geoff AndrewFull Review
If Last picture Show presents gloomy portrait of small-town life prior to the advent of TV, Lucas moves the setting forward by a decade, in 1962, when TV had already become the mainstay of pop culture, though for his youths, radio is the relevant medium.
-Emanuel LevyFull Review
...the ultimate nostalgia movie of all time ...
-Brad LaidmanFull Review
Lucas' sleeper hit...casts a rose-colored eye back to a placid pre-Vietnam America, a time when rock 'n' roll was young and hot rods were cool.
-Thomas DelapaFull Review
A successful tribute to an era of optimism and competitiveness which was bitchin' -- and now seems very far in the past.
-David BezansonFull Review
Trend setter, nostalgic, feel good hit
A hallmark film of the 1970s.
Destined to be an instant classic. The performances are timeless.
...not a bad film but not an exceptional one either. It's modestly entertaining to watch, but I didn't find it really involving
-Kevin N. LaforestFull Review
I love Star Wars more, but strictly speaking, this is probably a better film.
Rock-solid proof that Lucas CAN write characters ... or at least COULD. Great cast, warm nostalgia, and wonderful music.
Director George Lucas has evoked the era in a most authentic, moving, and aesthetically pleasing way.
-Frederic and Mary Ann BrussatFull Review
Young George Lucas' influential hallmark film American Graffiti (1973) recreates the feel, landscape, and sounds of early 60s
-Tim DirksFull Review
Teen tales don't get much better than this.
-Marjorie BaumgartenFull Review
American Graffiti still bears the mark of a superb filmmaking talent.
-Dragan AntulovFull Review
American Graffiti has a timeless power that speaks to everyone who was ever a teenager.
-MaryAnn JohansonFull Review