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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Riveting. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Not just a great sports movie, Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 captures a pivotal moment in recent history. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Rafferty keeps the structure so blandly standard, the title is nearly the most intriguing element of the whole film. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Uproarious, moving and thrilling. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The film isn't much as cinema, but it doesn't really matter. The final half-hour, in particular, generates the sort of suspense you rarely get in a sports documentary. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    The larger point Harvard Beats Yale makes, perhaps, is about the inevitability of loss. Many of these men, now in their early 60s, look terrific. Others, let us say, do not. Either way, all of them look very different from the helmeted young athletes of 40 years ago. A sense of mortality shadows the documentary. On or off the gridiron, time is the only opponent who always wins. Even at Harvard, even at Yale. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Nor does the movie try to use the game to make some larger point. Here's one: Even at its best and luckiest hour, Harvard can aspire only to equal Yale. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Even if you're familiar with the details of the game, Rafferty's suspenseful editing draws you to the edge of your seat and beyond, back into 1968 itself. show more

  • 75
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    An engaging chronicle not only of a memorable game but also of an era that seems at once more innocent and combustible than our own. show more

  • 100
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    This may or may not be the greatest instance of college football ever played, but "Brian's Song," J"erry Maguire," and "The Longest Yard" notwithstanding, Rafferty's no-frills annotated replay is the best football movie I've ever seen: A particular day in history becomes a moment out of time. show more

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