School Ties Reviews

August 21, 2019
Well-meaning and earnest, "School Ties" (citywide) moves through its measured paces with dogged predictability.
October 15, 2007
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.
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June 24, 2006
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.
May 20, 2003
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 12, 2001
Good intentions go for naught as director Robert Mandel (F/X) pounds home every contrivance in the script by Darryl Ponicsan (Taps).
January 1, 2000
There's a dramatic imbalance to Dick Wolf and Darryl Ponicsan's screenplay.
January 1, 2000
School Ties is surprisingly effective.
January 1, 2000
Director Robert Mandel, best known for the flashy techno-thriller F/X, brings a surprisingly sensitive touch to this earnest story of intolerance.
September 18, 1992
Still, tempting as it is to giggle at the retro-high-mindedness of School Ties, the movie is nicely acted, and it has been made with some honesty and intelligence.