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School Ties (1992)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

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An assemblage of young Hollywood actors poised for stardom marked this tale of anti-Semitism at a 1950s prep school. Brendan Fraser stars as David Greene, a working-class Jewish quarterback from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who is offered a senior year scholarship to a prestigious New England academy. It's David's ticket to an Ivy League education and a way out of his Rust Belt hometown, but there's one condition: the school's elders ask him to be discreet about his religion. At first willing to do



Jun 29, 1999

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (12) | DVD (1)

This is a bewildering mixture of fairly accomplished storytelling, awkward contrivances in the script, and lies in the overall conception so egregious they undercut any pretensions the film might have to social seriousness.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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More notable perhaps for a roster of future stars and Oscar winners than for its unexceptional plot, this well executed film nevertheless has its charms.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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School Ties has a leafy, genteel look that is somehow less than convincing, perhaps because the hairdos are too tidy and the resemblances to other prep-school stories too clear.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Good intentions go for naught as director Robert Mandel (F/X) pounds home every contrivance in the script by Darryl Ponicsan (Taps).

May 12, 2001
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There's a dramatic imbalance to Dick Wolf and Darryl Ponicsan's screenplay.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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School Ties is surprisingly effective.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Stirring movie may be too heavy for some tweens.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

In the real world, it's more likely that Greene's working-class background would work harder against his acceptance at a snooty prep school than his religious beliefs, but School Ties largely ignores this angle.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The boys put in fine performances but sadly the script lacks the depth of what could have been a challenging story.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Fraser, O'Donnell, Damon and Affleck would all go on to have much hyped careers, and occasionally make better films than this overbearingly worthy classroom drama.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Though well-intentioned as a message picture, the film is too schematic and predictable, and ultimately may be more significant in featuring a new cohort of actors, including Brandon Frazer, Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, and others.

October 1, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Well-intentioned (and only occasionally mawkish) tale of college-boy anti-semitism.

April 3, 2005

Sensível e envolvente, o filme aborda o anti-semitismo (e o preconceito, de forma geral) através de uma história simples, mas eficaz. É surpreendente como Brendan Fraser pode ser um ótimo ator, quando assim deseja.

September 8, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A solid movie about anti-semitism that is most noteworthy because of it's now famous cast.

May 2, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News due mostly to some fine performances and a well-paced script.

February 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The stellar cast are brilliant. Brendan Fraser knocks the audience for six.

September 18, 2002


August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Reveals the soul murdering dimensions of bigotry.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A film not to miss.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It's not often that a predictable script is turned into a worthwhile movie, but in the case of School Ties it has happened.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

It's all far too predictable and mired in cliches and stereotypes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for School Ties

an interesting coming of age film featuring a host of up and comers since turned big stars. the film deals well with the theme of prejudice, and walks the line well in portraying the pressure that many "privileged" kids are under. some of the sympathies that the writers tried to portray fell fairly flat, and the logic behind david greene doesnt hold up well enough upon scrutiny, but the major point was made effectively and the story was very engaging.
January 24, 2013
danny d

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Cast: Brendan Fraser, Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, Randall Batinkoff, Ben Affleck, Amy Locane, Cole Hauser, Andrew Lowery, Anthony Rapp, Zeljko Ivanek, Peter Donat, Kevin Tighe, Michael Higgins, Ed Lauter, Peter McRobbie

Director: Robert Mandel

Summary: David Greene (Brendan Fraser), a working-class Jewish teen, receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s. But in favor of fitting in, he chooses to hide his religion from his wealthy, prejudiced classmates. Greene soon becomes the team's star player and wins the attention of a beautiful debutante (Amy Locane). But when his heritage is revealed, his schoolmates' deep-seated hatred rises to the surface.

My Thoughts: "This film is a good example of how people label other people and put them into certain categories whether it be of religion, skin color, sexuality, or their nationality. This film focuses on a Jewish boy, but it speaks for everything I listed. You cannot, as they say, judge a book by it's cover. That is brilliantly shown in this film. With David withholding his religious beliefs, he is welcomed in as one of their own. But once he is outed by a fellow 'friend'(I use that term loosely), he is shunned by them all (well almost all). So instead of him being that person they had come to know him as, he was now in that labeled box of ignorance. You cannot judge a person or persons by a religion, race, nationality, sexuality, or by their appearance. They do not make up for that one person at fault. This film has great acting by all the well known actors of today. Great to go back and see them before they were such big stars. This has to be my favorite performance from Brendan Fraser. Great job by the entire cast. If you haven't seen it, then you should."
December 31, 2010

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The Sad thing is that there is still that hate against Jews going around. Outstanding peformance by Brendan Fraser
December 11, 2009
Wahida K

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Watch this instead of Dead Poets Society, it?s not brilliant but it?s much better.
September 22, 2009

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    1. David Greene: I'm a Jew! Are you?
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