The Freshman (College Days)
The Freshman (College Days) (1925)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Edmund Wilson
The New Republic

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.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A treasure that still stands as one of the greatest comedies ever made.

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TIME Magazine

Mr. Lloyd could be funny playing an undisturbed mummy. Simply this: The Freshman is not so funny as earlier of the comedian's adventures.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Lloyd's films are prose where Keaton's were poems, but gag for gag, Lloyd was the funniest screen comic of his time.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

there is not a college-themed cinematic yukfest that doesn't owe something to Lloyd's standard-bearer--the original revenge of the nerd

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

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.

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Aj V
A typical college comedy for the 20s, and the plot is predictable, but Lloyd makes this movie enjoyable and entertaining. He really is hilarious in all his… More
Cindy I
Chaplin may be filled with warmth and pathos, Keaton may be a great athlete, but Harold Lloyd is just plain funny, and thus my favorite silent comedian. And The… More