75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is also brisk and wholehearted and smarter than you expect.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
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.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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60

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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50

TV Guide

This coming-of-age drama scores big points for trying to honestly tell a story rather than just pass the time.
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50

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
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.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A movie that doesn't buy into all the tenets of our national sports religion; the subtext is that winning isn't everything.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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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.
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25

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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.
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50 out of 100
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