Freshman Orientation Reviews

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Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire
October 20, 2007
You enter expecting something really stupid, and you wind up with something really clever . . . hysterical . . . wise.
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
September 28, 2007
John Goodman has a nice turn as a queen with a heart of gold.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 28, 2007
A campus comedy with a dirty mouth, an innocent heart and a surprisingly wise mind, Freshman Orientation uses identity politics as a road to romance and emotional maturity. The naked breasts are a bonus.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kam Williams
DallasBlack.com
August 31, 2007
A genderbending teensploit turning on a clever twist of the genre's trademark theme. For while most makeover movies feature a female making herself more attractive, this flick has a male deliberately doing the opposite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
August 23, 2007
Blessedly shrewd where it counts and deserves notice. The lessons develop naturally and aren't jammed down the viewer's throat like the hypocritical sermonizing in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
February 18, 2004
I was honored and privileged to say that I saw a film at Sundance that actually captured the fun of pretending to be gay to win a sorority sister.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 18, 2004
The film's abundant humor and sharp tongue give way to watery romantic-comedy conventions in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
November 8, 2007
Admirably aiming to recreate the feelings of newfound freedom and self-discovery that college inspires, Freshman Orientation never finds a way to successfully execute its good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 28, 2007
...might push boundaries better were it not so painfully unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 28, 2007
...goes way over the top for the Greeks vs. Gays climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
September 27, 2007
The charms of this college gross-out comedy with a "message" are elusive.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 23, 2007
Consider my two-star rating an indication that the film's Gut-Buster-to-Forehead-Slapper ratio is relatively even.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
September 21, 2007
This trivial film toys with the postmodern lifestyles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 20, 2007
Freshman Orientation is not incompetently made. Nor is it badly acted. But there's not a fresh idea in it, and everyone on screen seems to be in a different comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
September 18, 2007
OK, it's official: I no longer care about 18 year olds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
September 15, 2007
Theatres showing it will likely have as many conspicuously empty seats as the classrooms and barrooms in this picture, which was apparently shot on such a shoestring that they couldn't even get enough extras to fill a set.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
September 1, 2007
Freshman Orientation barely rates a passing grade.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 31, 2007
...too often feels more like a tapped-out keg than a provocative romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
August 31, 2007
Writer/director Ryan Shiraki certainly adds some youthful exuberance to his debut feature film, but it's all wasted on a tremendously misguided and exhaustively dim screenplay
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dave White
Movies.com
August 31, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: D
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