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Varsity Blues Reviews

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 28, 2009
...slick, well made, and well acted, but it takes no chances. Seems a wasted opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...someone could make a very interesting, nuanced film about the exalted place that high school football holds in some parts of Texas... this isn't that film.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
Van Der Beek and Voight weigh in with convincing performances .
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
A serviceable 1990s teen flick.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Depicts just how difficult it is to stay true to yourself and your dreams when the call of celebrity comes knocking at your door.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
In addition to the fulfillment of endless high school male fantasies, it also recycles every football and sports movie cliché known to man
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A paint-by-numbers story that offers no surprises and a hero and villain etched in white and black with few shades of gray.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
Uninspired!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Although the film takes a worthwhile detour or two, it ultimately finds its way back to the well-worn track of its genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Scenes work, but they don't pile up and build momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Varsity Blues eventually fizzles out badly!

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Van Der Beek's understated performance and Caan's hotdogging are refreshing enough to raise Varsity Blues above its clichés.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Slickly enjoyable!
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Captures the craziness of high school football!
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
cheap zirconium garbage
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Thom Bennett
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Cliches withstanding, Varsity Blues can be enjoyable if you check your brain at the popcorn stand.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
An utterly formulaic teen sports, sex and suds potboiler!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
The football scenes are involving, the acting is up to snuff, and there is something about those last days of high school that remains a solid background for even the most familiar of stories.
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Mike Musgrove
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It delivers the goods in a fresh manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Melissa Morrison
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
Excellent casting!
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