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The Freshman Reviews

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A great actor's self-parody might be fascinating, especially if the actor is Brando. But the performance Brando gives here is anything but a good-natured goof on himself.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 1, 2013
Though writer-director Andrew Bergman sets up potentially funny situations, the payoffs aren't nearly as clever as they need to be. Many situations don't pay off at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 1, 2013
The Freshman is like no other comedy. Just when you think you've figured it out, it ambles away.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
There have been a lot of movies where stars have repeated the triumphs of their parts - but has any star ever done it more triumphantly than Marlon Brando does in The Freshman?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
August 1, 2013
Here's a chance to see a mellow Marlon Brando in his greatest comedy performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002
Forget Brando. Andrew Bergman is the star here.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Cinema fans should enjoy all the references to classic films.
Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
Rebecca Murray
About.com
July 31, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2007
Sweet and warm as well as manic, this is full of loopy surprises.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Marlon Brando's sublime comedy performance elevates The Freshman from screwball comedy to a quirky niche in film history.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 1, 2004
One of the most savagely underrated films of the 1990s.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 9, 2002
An amusing Brando and a komodo dragon - it doesn't get better in this story of a naif in the big city.
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 10, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 10, 2007
A truly genial and delightful comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
With Brando around, The Freshman has a snappy madness that's hard to resist.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
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