The Freshman Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 1, 2013
Marlon Brando returns to the movies with one of his funniest performances as, in essence, Don Corleone with a screw loose.
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.
March 26, 2009
Marlon Brando's sublime comedy performance elevates The Freshman from screwball comedy to a quirky niche in film history.
October 18, 2008
The Freshman has a preposterous plot even the writer's mother couldn't believe, and it strains and creaks down the runway, but when this baby gets off the ground, we're talking seriously funny.
October 13, 2007
Sweet and warm as well as manic, this is full of loopy surprises.
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.
May 20, 2003
A witty and enchanted comedy.
May 12, 2001
With Brando around, The Freshman has a snappy madness that's hard to resist.
January 1, 2000
A quirky sleeper with something truly unexpected around every corner.
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.
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?
July 20, 1990
The Freshman is a dawdling, occasionally amusing stunt.