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The silent comedy feature College stars Buster Keaton as a scholarly young man who doesn't know beans about sports. When he arrives in college, Buster finds that all the Big Men on Campus are jocks. To impress pretty coed Anne Cornwall, Buster tries and fails to join all the school teams. Even when he attempts to take a job at the campus soda fountain, Buster is a washout. Through the kindness of dean Snitz Edwards, Keaton is placed on the varsity rowing team where, despite several clumsy moments, he manages to win the big race. This infuriates his athletic rival Harold Goodwin, who seizes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Minor Keaton but major almost any other comedian."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Cartesian slapstick"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Madcap fun as the supremely athletic Keaton plays a bookworm who, for love of a jock-loving girl, tries but fails heroically at every possible sport in every possible way."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Great Keaton vehicle."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Keaton himself strives to be funny, but his actions are so frightfully absurd that it strikes one that the character he plays never ought to be out of an asylum."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"A fine and funny film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"it's not the General but it's a treasure"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"The finale ties earlier elements together in a clever way, but the episodic film doesn't match the best of Keaton's films that establish a more cohesive storyline"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Buster on the playing field, failing gloriously at every sport but executing each one beautifully when he dashes to his girl's rescue, is a study in precision and grace."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Minor Keaton slapstick comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A classic comedy with Keaton in top acrobatic form."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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