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Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 60
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Director Brian Robbins ("Good Burger") and screenwriter W. Peter Iliff ("Prayer of the Rollerboys") have wrapped their moral fable in a glossy package of hard football action and towel-slapping, hard-body fun that might seem exciting if you've never seen a movie before. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    We are aware going in that Varsity Blues' cannot be a landmark of world cinema. Yet working within the tired formula, the picture turns out to be not so bad. show more

  • 63
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    If you are willing to overlook the occasional missed block, clumsy tackle or dropped pass, there is more than enough in Varsity Blues to keep you engrossed. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Unfortunately, Voight is not in every scene, and, when he's absent, Varsity Blues has a tendency to flounder, descending into the realm of formulaic sports movie melodrama. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A movie that doesn't buy into all the tenets of our national sports religion; the subtext is that winning isn't everything. show more

  • 25
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story is mildly entertaining in its hackneyed way, but there's no excusing the picture's exploitative treatment of almost all the female characters. show more

  • 25
    San Francisco Examiner

    Half-comedy, half-coming-of-age movie with another half or so of sports film and maybe another quarter of soundtrack that adds up to 175 percent of a bad movie. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    This coming-of-age drama scores big points for trying to honestly tell a story rather than just pass the time. show more

  • 50
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    It is not quite as stupid as it looks. I'm not saying it ISN'T dumb, though, just not as bad as I think even the studio thought. show more

  • 40
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Its vague stabs at moralizing and goofball shenanigans are an odd mix. It's not the high school experience I had, nor is it probably like yours. show more

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