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The Freshman Reviews

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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.
June 17, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
August 1, 2013
Here's a chance to see a mellow Marlon Brando in his greatest comedy performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
July 27, 2002
Forget Brando. Andrew Bergman is the star here.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Cinema fans should enjoy all the references to classic films.
Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
July 31, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2007
Sweet and warm as well as manic, this is full of loopy surprises.
March 26, 2009
Marlon Brando's sublime comedy performance elevates The Freshman from screwball comedy to a quirky niche in film history.
February 1, 2004
One of the most savagely underrated films of the 1990s.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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
August 10, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2007
A truly genial and delightful comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 12, 2001
With Brando around, The Freshman has a snappy madness that's hard to resist.
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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