• Released
  • January 15, 1999
  • R , 1 hr 44 min
  • Drama
    Coming-of-Age
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Varsity Blues Synopsis
Irreverent teen (James Van Der Beek) takes over for injured quarterback (Paul Walker).
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated R