Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society
  • PG
  • 2h 9m
  • 1989
Certified Fresh84%
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Academy Award® winner Robin Williams delivers one of his most memorable performances in Dead Poets Society. For generations, Welton Academy students have been groomed to live lives of conformity and tradition -- until new professor John Keating inspires them to think for themselves, live life to the fullest and "Carpe Diem". This unconventional approach awakens the spirits of the students, but draws the wrath of a disapproving faculty when an unexpected tragedy strikes the school. With unforgettable characters and beautiful cinematography, Dead Poets Society will captivate and inspire you time and time again.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh84%
Critics Consensus: Affecting performances from the young cast and a genuinely inspirational turn from Robin Williams grant Peter Weir's prep school drama top honors.
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New York Daily News
Hank Gallo
Fresh

On the surface Robin Williams appears to be giving his standard performance as Prof. Keating - wit...

June 25, 2017
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

Story sings whenever Williams is onscreen. Screen belongs just as often to Leonard, who as Neil ha...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dead Poets Society has very uplifting messages especially for teens about seizing the day and embracing poetry as a way toward thinking for yourself and positive self-expression. But it also deals with the suicide of one of the main characters (the gunshot isn't shown, but the parents are shown holding their son afterward, hysterical). Everyone smokes a lot (mostly a reflection of the time mixed with teen rebellion) and one main character drinks shots at a high school party.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 2, 1989
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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