A Film Review: Harold and Maude

An eccentric cult classic. Sort of Rocky Horror meets, Marilyn Manson meets Love Story

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The film got such bad reviews on it’s opening that I am forced to print some just for the entertainment value.

Roger Ebert in a review dated January 1, 1972, gave the film one-and-a-half out of four stars. He wrote, “And so what we get, finally, is a movie of attitudes. Harold is death, Maude's life, and they manage to make the two seem so similar that life’s hardly worth the extra bother. The visual style makes everyone look fresh from the Wax Museum, and all the movie lacks is a lot of day-old gardenias and lilies and roses in the lobby, filling the place with a cloying sweet smell. Nothing more to report today. Harold doesn’t even make pallbearer. Vincent Canby also panned the film, stating that the actors “are so aggressive, so creepy and off-putting, that Harold and Maude are obviously made for each other, a point the movie itself refuses to recognize with a twist ending that betrays, I think, its life-affirming pretensions.”

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