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The Freshman Reviews

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January 16, 2021
Where else in the universe can one catch Bert Parks offering covers of both "Tequila" and "Maggie's Farm"?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2020
Marlon Brando delivers six-minute sonatinas of send-up and sincerity. He keeps things light but also from tilting over into something ephemerally broad like, say, "Mickey Blue Eyes,"a perfectly enjoyable comedy but a piffle next to this perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 28, 2020
Bruno Kirby provides an added shot as Brando's wiseguy right-hand man, and Paul Benedict practically steals the film as the over-opinionated film prof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 21, 2020
Without Brando, the movie would be all gags and surfaces. But the big guy's self-parody is so charming that the whole picture resonates with his presence.
August 1, 2013
The Freshman is like no other comedy. Just when you think you've figured it out, it ambles away.
August 1, 2013
Here's a chance to see a mellow Marlon Brando in his greatest comedy performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2013
The Freshman has dead spots, certainly, but makes up for them with its moments of inspired craziness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2013
In the case of this inspired comedy, the plot is a dignified bonkers combination of The Graduate, The Sting, The Godfather and The Producers.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 1, 2013
It's fun to watch Marlon Brando parody one of his most justly celebrated roles.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 1, 2013
Marlon Brando returns to the movies with one of his funniest performances as, in essence, Don Corleone with a screw loose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2010
An underrated hidden treasure.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
September 8, 2010
It's a nice premise, film informing life, and Bergman's film succeeds thanks to its sprightly pace, modest but fully realised ambition and the ever affable Broderick.
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.
January 25, 2008
Great.
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