Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In a summer of clones, Harvard Man is something rare and riveting: a wild ride that relies on more than special effects.
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Chicago Tribune

By Loren King
Toback's films deliver a lot of bang for the buck. He's one of the few serious and original directors who can mix group sex and talk of existentialism; a fast-paced basketball sequence cut with scenes of Mafia members plotting a hit; and an in-class philosophy lecture stylishly edited with Alan's memories of a contradictory in-bed discussion.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The first half of this freewheeling comedy-drama finds Toback at his imaginative best. The second half sinks into silliness.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Adams sparkles with quick-mindedness and verbal agility. This is a worthy and underused talent.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
How can one man juggle two women, possible expulsion, Mafia baseball bats and the meaning of life, while on acid? This is the kind of question only a Toback film thinks to ask, let alone answer.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Sillier than it is clever, and Toback's self-indulgence is tiresome. He's a genuine auteur, all right, but his life and the funky tastes that inspire him are just not as interesting as he thinks they are.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A characteristically engorged and sloppy coming-of-age movie from the filmmaker (''Harvard '66'') who, in his body of work, indulges his fantasies as fetishistically as other men finger their cigars.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The story's self-conscious seaminess cries out for the ministrations of a filmmaker like direct-to-video auteur Gregory Hippolyte.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
There's no transcending a prosaic plot and several flat performances.
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New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
Psst! Wanna vicariously experience a consciousness-raising LSD trip and watch Sarah Michelle Gellar star in some explicit sex scenes?
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49 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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