School Ties 1992

School Ties

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When David Greene (Brendan Fraser) receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man on campus thanks to his football skills, but when his Jewish background is discovered, his worst fears are realized and his friends (Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell) turn on him with violent threats and public ridicule.

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Critic Reviews for School Ties

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (16)

  • Well-meaning and earnest, "School Ties" (citywide) moves through its measured paces with dogged predictability.

    August 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The boys put in fine performances but sadly the script lacks the depth of what could have been a challenging story.

    October 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a bewildering mixture of fairly accomplished storytelling, awkward contrivances in the script, and lies in the overall conception so egregious they undercut any pretensions the film might have to social seriousness.

    October 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • More notable perhaps for a roster of future stars and Oscar winners than for its unexceptional plot, this well executed film nevertheless has its charms.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • School Ties has a leafy, genteel look that is somehow less than convincing, perhaps because the hairdos are too tidy and the resemblances to other prep-school stories too clear.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5
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    December 5, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for School Ties

  • Oct 06, 2011
    Brendan Fraser's best movie!
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2011
    This was pretty good. I'm not a big fan of Brendan Fraser, but he wasn't too bad. Pretty good cast overall and a good story. I didn't realize this was such an issue in the '50s, and it was interesting to learn about.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2010
    Is it worth breaking tradition? Brendan Fraser stars as David Greene, a gifted student and an all-American high school football player admitted into a Catholic school for the academically talented, for the purpose of giving them a winning football team and giving himself almost certain admittance into Harvard. With the exception of the coach and a few high-up faculty members, no one knows that David is Jewish and when he realizes that almost everyone there hates Jews, he hides his ethnicity. Of course, someone eventually finds out and David now faces intense racism from those who were once his friends including Charlie (played by Matt Damon) who takes a liking to David until David steals his position on the football team and even the girl he has a crush on. David, now ostracized by his peers, has a chance at redemption when he sees one of the other students cheating on the midterm exam but the tables are turned when he himself is accused of cheating. The rest of the film focuses on whether or not the truth will come out and what the consequences are. Lots of attractive young actors here including Cole Hauser, Ben Affleck and Chris O'Donnell who shines as David's roommate with a heart of gold who doesn't agree with the religious discrimination!
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2009
    The Sad thing is that there is still that hate against Jews going around. Outstanding peformance by Brendan Fraser
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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