The Freshman (College Days)
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The Freshman (College Days)
One of Harold Lloyd's best feature-length comedies, The Freshman, features the bespectacled regular guy as Harold Lamb, a na´ve young man who heads off to college believing campus life will be just as it is in the movies; he even learns a little dance he saw one of his favorite actors do in a film. However, Harold soon discovers that real life isn't all that much like the pictures, and he quickly becomes the laughing stock of the university. Determined to prove himself, Harold tries out for the football team, but he serves as water boy and rides the pine until he finally gets a chance… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lloyd has never been a very good actor; he has been a dummy for comic devices. And we are not much moved by the scene in The Freshman in which he learns at last that he has been the butt of his fellow students, instead of, as he has believed, their hero."
‑ Edmund Wilson, The New Republic
"This is a regular Harold Lloyd strip of fun, which is made all the more hilarious by introducing something like suspense in the sequences on the football field."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"A treasure that still stands as one of the greatest comedies ever made."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"My first foray into the comedic world of Harold Lloyd yielded eerily similar results to my initial exposure to W.C. Fields."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Mr. Lloyd could be funny playing an undisturbed mummy. Simply this: The Freshman is not so funny as earlier of the comedian's adventures."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Lloyd's films are prose where Keaton's were poems, but gag for gag, Lloyd was the funniest screen comic of his time."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"there is not a college-themed cinematic yukfest that doesn't owe something to Lloyd's standard-bearer--the original revenge of the nerd"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Matriculates enough to earn a passing grade."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Lloyd can't compete with Chaplin and Keaton, but he perfectly embodied the can-do energy of the 1920s, and few things are quite as funny as his bespectacled, apple-pie face twisted by a panic that was always justified."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"In a comedy of emulation, idolizing and popularity, the flimsy mannequins of maleness stand out as Lloyd gives the old college try to becoming a fresh man by being a stale model."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Flawlessly executed and edited for maximum impact, the gags have timepiece precision, but Lloyd always sells his mishaps as things that just kind of happen to his character [The Freshman] works because it keeps viewers rooting for its hero."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"Rarely less than wonderfully entertaining and involving."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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