Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 Reviews

November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
June 11, 2009
The best part of this film is the affection with which both sides recall the contest -- not as a loss or a win, but as a commitment to their teammates and respect for the game.
April 10, 2009
Rafferty uses interviews with the former players, most now in their 60s and nearly all of them touchingly philosophical, to reveal the cultural issues buffeting their campuses, but not necessarily their locker rooms.
March 19, 2009
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, a mosaic of storytelling told by former college-level gridiron athletes, pieces together the remarkable story of a fateful 1968 match between the titular Ivy League teams.
March 13, 2009
What makes the movie so effective is that Rafferty uses game footage instead of interspersing the movie with cliched scenes of Vietnam protests, campus mayhem, etc. The effective use of this footage builds suspense, even though we know the result.
March 9, 2009
The aura of shock-and-awe surrounding this game is laid on a bit thick, and sometimes you feel like you're just watching an ESPN special. Still, it's fun.
February 20, 2009
Simply by letting the onetime gridiron stars talk about the game they played and the era it was played in, the capsule cracks open and you're sucked inside and you cannot believe, even if you know the details, how that game turned out the way it did.
February 19, 2009
Not just a great sports movie, Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 captures a pivotal moment in recent history.
November 21, 2008
Rafferty keeps the structure so blandly standard, the title is nearly the most intriguing element of the whole film.
November 21, 2008
A sense of mortality shadows the documentary. On or off the gridiron, time is the only opponent who always wins. Even at Harvard, even at Yale.
November 20, 2008
[A] generally entertaining, intermittently exciting documentary.
November 20, 2008
A ripping good yarn, like a Fitzgerald short story rewritten by John Updike, with an uproarious, impossible Hollywood ending.
November 19, 2008
Kevin Rafferty makes the case for remembrance and for the art of the story in his preposterously entertaining documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.
November 19, 2008
The movie, which absurdly tries to paint the Harvard players as a group of working stiffs -- you won't be surprised to learn it was directed by a Harvard grad -- also fails to capture the tenor of one of the most tumultuous years of the century.
November 19, 2008
It's kind of amazing that a film about a sports game where the final score is in the title could be so suspenseful, but Mr. Rafferty manages to pull it off.
November 19, 2008
Rafferty's no-frills annotated replay is the best football movie I've ever seen: A particular day in history becomes a moment out of time.
November 17, 2008
This touching, exciting film works less as a cultural portrait and more as a look at the bittersweet nature of time and memory.
September 15, 2008
How many thrillers could put the outcome in the title and still provide as many white-knuckle moments as Harvard Beats Yale 29-29?