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With Honors (1994)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 4

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Harvard University graduate Alek Keshishian directed this tale about a homeless man who teaches some snotty Harvard students a thing or two about real life. Monty (Brendan Fraser) is a self-absorbed graduate student who is obsessed with finishing his thesis on government so that he can satisfy his demanding teacher, Professor Pitkannan (Gore Vidal). When Monty loses his precious thesis in the basement of the library's heating plant, it is found by a homeless man living there, Simon (Joe Pesci).

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

William Mastrosimone

May 18, 1999

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (19) | DVD (3)

This movie is predictable from scene one, though that wouldn't be a problem if it had a good script, good performances and solid direction. But it doesn't.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

A politically correct, vastly sentimental and ultimately insincere saga of the friendship between a kind homeless man, played by Joe Pesci, and a guilt-ridden Harvard student, played byBrendan Frazer.

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Obviously inspired by the success of Scent of a Woman, this one could have been called Scent of a Bum.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Do you amuse me, Joe Pesci? No, you do not.

July 5, 2004

Well meaning drama but oversimplifies a lot and plays the death card too easily.

July 25, 2003
About.com

One of the few films I've ever walked out on. Pesci and Fraser serve up unsympathetic and grating characters.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

A shaggy dog drama about the education of one upwardly bound college student.

January 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for With Honors

A simplistic movie - a homeless bum teaches Harvard students what is important in life, but everything is too easy in this movie.
February 18, 2013
Redlats

Super Reviewer

A great drama, I saw this for a class, which usually makes you dislike a movie, but this one was fantastic. The story is based on a real story, and the actors are good, and it's just so cool. If you like dramas, you have to see it.
May 28, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

I liked this one. The cast was really good and it gave Pesci a chance to shine while not being a goofball or a gangster. The rest of the cast was really good and the story moved along really well.
September 7, 2007
superclerk25

Super Reviewer

Very interesting drama about a homeless philosopher who teaches blue-blooded Harvard student about life and compassion. This great story is predictable, even when it takes a tear-jerking turn, but Joe Pesci's cocky charm and the remarkably attractive supporting ensemble keep things interesting.
August 13, 2007
deano
Dean McKenna

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    1. Simon Wilder: When it comes to relationships, everybody's a used car salesman.
    2. Monty Kessler: Is that your philosophy? Don't trust anyone?
    3. Simon Wilder: No, you gotta trust people.You just can't believe in a warranty.
    – Submitted by Frances H (27 days ago)
    1. Simon Wilder: You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead or feed on the specters of books. You shall not look through my eyes, either, or take things from me. You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.
    – Submitted by Frances H (28 days ago)
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