• R, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Brian Robbins
    In Theaters:
    Jan 15, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 31, 1999
  • Paramount Pictures


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Varsity Blues Reviews

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...slick, well made, and well acted, but it takes no chances. Seems a wasted opportunity.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

September 28, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...someone could make a very interesting, nuanced film about the exalted place that high school football holds in some parts of Texas... this isn't that film.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

January 29, 2005
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Van Der Beek and Voight weigh in with convincing performances .

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A serviceable 1990s teen flick.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 2, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Depicts just how difficult it is to stay true to yourself and your dreams when the call of celebrity comes knocking at your door.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 3, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

In addition to the fulfillment of endless high school male fantasies, it also recycles every football and sports movie cliché known to man

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2001
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly

An utterly formulaic teen sports, sex and suds potboiler!

Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 1, 2000
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

cheap zirconium garbage

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
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Varsity Blues eventually fizzles out badly!

January 1, 2000
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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Already a prime candidate for 1999's worst!

January 1, 2000
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

The movie panders to its teen audience with typical crudeness and excessively lewd behavior.

January 1, 2000
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Tired, corn-fed storyline and generic, plug-and-play direction!

January 1, 2000
Joe Leydon
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An unappetizing mix of raucously vulgar comedy and teen-angst melodrama.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Harvey S. Karten

Hasn't an original bone in its rib-crushing body!

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2000
Jim Judy
Screen It!

Although there are signs of more intelligence lurking about, they're so obscured by the inane sophomoric material that few will recognize they even exist.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

January 1, 2000
Dustin Putman

I was never exactly bored while I was watching it, but I hasten to add that I was rarely ever entertained.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina

Anyone who misses the heyday of the afterschool special will certainly enjoy this banal tale of self-fulfillment, juiced up with enough alcohol and sleaze to earn an R rating.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Scenes work, but they don't pile up and build momentum.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Although the film takes a worthwhile detour or two, it ultimately finds its way back to the well-worn track of its genre.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room


Full Review Source: Scott Renshaw's Screening Room | Original Score: 4/10

January 1, 2000
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