[Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon] both are so aggressive, so creepy and off-putting.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
The fact that [it] isn't very funny and, like its 80-year-old heroic, long outlives its necessary life, is less important than the fact that the characters frequently react gently or like credible human beings to the script's impossible notions.
Richard McGuinness - Village Voice
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Simpleminded, but it's fairly inoffensive, at least until Ashby lingers over the concentration-camp serial number tattooed on Gordon's arm. Some things are beyond the reach of whimsy.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Marked by a few good gags, but marred by a greater preponderance of sophomoric, overdone and mocking humor.
Variety Staff - Variety
cuts through the superficial surfaces of conventional romance and digs into what actually draws people together
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Unlike claustrophobically cute odd-couple movies, bottles some of the flavour of its time. Harold's fake suicides are a pale defiance and reflection of his cloistered, sapped life. The vital counterculture (Maude) helps Harold avoid the army.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
This darkly humorous ,romantic comedy between an introvert adolescent and and old spunky woman, is playing it too safe to be considered truly anti-establishment, but it became a cult picture.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A classic of dark comedy.
Scott G. Mignola - Common Sense Media
If there's one comedy to represent the woof and warp of the early '70s, "Harold and Maude" is it.
Cole Smithey - Daily Radar
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A doggedly eccentric film which some will reject out of hand. Others will find it profundly moving and life affirming.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
It is most successful when it keeps to the tone of an insane fairystory set up at the beginning of the movie.
Derek Adams - Time Out
weird, very very weird
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's not quite a romance, not quite a buddy picture. It is, however, one of the '70s quirkiest comedies, and its bleak morbidity is uncommonly matched by its over-the-top hilarity.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
The epitome of a film that you can't believe you're laughing at, but you are. A lot. It hurts. In a good way.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Black comedy that's a bit too whimsical
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
A black comedy cult classic.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
By turns funny, moving and outrageous - sometimes all at once - the film is Hal Ashby's masterpiece.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Certainly a little twisted, but with such a powerfully warm 70's sunflower heart, "Harold and Maude" endears. I think of it as the cinematic equivalent to "The Little Prince"
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
One of those films you just don't want to end.
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
Understatedly hilarious. Cort and Gordon are a truly unique pairing. A must see.
Niki Patton - Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
A treasure that's as applicable today as it was more than three decades ago.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Gives true romance a new meaning.
Luanne Brown - Chico Enterprise-Record
This black comedy pairs a 79-year-old swinger with a suicidal 20-year-old. They go to funerals and philosophize together in between Cort's humorously staged suicide attempts.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Brandon Judell - PopcornQ
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A whimsical love story; Cort is cuddly, Gordon is larger-than-life. An enchanting piece.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
One of the classic American romance stories
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Classic dark comedy that's starting to show its age.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Dark, lovably eccentric tale of platonic love that works on logic uniquely its own.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Bob Ross - Tampa Tribune
One of the most life-affirming films I have ever seen.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
They remain among cinema's most disconcerting odd couples.
David Parkinson - Empire Magazine
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Harold and Maude marks the first time I realized that famed Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert could be wrong.
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Probably the most charming movie about death that's ever been made.
MaryAnn Johanson - Apollo Guide