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The Freshman Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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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
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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
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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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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.
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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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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The casting, needless to say, is perfect, and Bergman keeps the various escalating intrigues clipping along at a brisk pace.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A witty and enchanted comedy.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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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.
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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
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A quirky sleeper with something truly unexpected around every corner.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 20, 1990
The Freshman is a dawdling, occasionally amusing stunt.
Full Review | Original Score: B-