The Program Reviews

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Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
February 11, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The Program is a routine Joe College movie, with the added twist that Joe College is Joe Kane (Craig Sheffer), a prime contender for the Heisman Trophy.
Spence D.
IGN Movies
February 10, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
By the film's end, I found myself simultaneously hoping that ESU would win its big game, and that the school would pull the plug on its football program. I guess that's how I was supposed to feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Norman Chad
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
One might want to consider wearing a helmet while watching.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
As noisy and ludicrous as all this sounds, the movie does have its share of guilty pleasures. Like the kid on steroids, it's revved so high that it's out of control.
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
January 24, 2014
Those are fairly standard story lines in a football movie, so that leaves the assorted relationship subplots, which frankly, are worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
March 26, 2009
Most of the focus is on Sheffer, whose character is too enigmatic, while Epps , Berry and Swanson gamely try to pull for extra dramatic yardage but can't do much with their underwritten roles.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 25, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
August 7, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Shellie Iliff
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 12, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The Program is a mish-mash of cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Hardly any shattering revelations here and certainly no blame-placing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The Program is largely a compendium of football grievances mixed with soap opera high jinks.
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Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 1993
| Original Score: C+
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