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The Freshman Reviews

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August 1, 2013
The Freshman is like no other comedy. Just when you think you've figured it out, it ambles away.
August 1, 2013
Here's a chance to see a mellow Marlon Brando in his greatest comedy performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2013
Andrew Bergman's The Freshman is a charmed comedy, the kind of seemingly effortless movie in which everything falls neatly into place, as if ordained by nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 1, 2013
Brando does a wonderful sendup of Corleone that manages to play off the Don's entrenched place in pop culture. But The Freshman is no copycat comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2013
The Freshman has dead spots, certainly, but makes up for them with its moments of inspired craziness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2013
In the case of this inspired comedy, the plot is a dignified bonkers combination of The Graduate, The Sting, The Godfather and The Producers.
August 1, 2013
Just when you've had it with the mistimed scenes and the clunky direction, writer-director Andrew Bergman comes through with an inspired piece of lunacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 1, 2013
It's fun to watch Marlon Brando parody one of his most justly celebrated roles.
August 1, 2013
It's the kind of material that could easily fly apart into silliness, yet Brando and Broderick help the director to keep it anchored in a certain emotional reality, which is always the source of the richest comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 1, 2013
Marlon Brando returns to the movies with one of his funniest performances as, in essence, Don Corleone with a screw loose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2010
An underrated hidden treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 8, 2010
No film offering the spectacle of a Komodo dragon being transported across a state line for immoral purposes can be lightly dismissed.
September 8, 2010
It's a nice premise, film informing life, and Bergman's film succeeds thanks to its sprightly pace, modest but fully realised ambition and the ever affable Broderick.
March 26, 2009
Marlon Brando's sublime comedy performance elevates The Freshman from screwball comedy to a quirky niche in film history.
January 25, 2008
Great.
October 13, 2007
Sweet and warm as well as manic, this is full of loopy surprises.
October 13, 2007
Broderick is his usual charming self, and there are occasional moments of inspired whimsy or absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2007
A truly genial and delightful comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
The casting, needless to say, is perfect, and Bergman keeps the various escalating intrigues clipping along at a brisk pace.
March 4, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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