Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
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Kevin Rafferty's documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 looks at this historic 1968 matchup between those two longtime college football rivals. Many recall that year's edition of this annual grudge match as it was the first time in almost six decades that both schools were undefeated going into the game. The filmmakers utilize archival footage, and intercut it with new interview footage provided by many of those who played a part in that memorable game. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The best part of this film is the affection with which both sides recall the contest -- not as a loss or a win, but as a commitment to their teammates and respect for the game."
‑ Joe Holleman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"What makes the movie so effective is that Rafferty uses game footage instead of interspersing the movie with cliched scenes of Vietnam protests, campus mayhem, etc. The effective use of this footage builds suspense, even though we know the result."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"There's something oddly dissonant about listening to a gaggle of Harvard graduates talk about being scrappy, blue-collar underdogs."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"A most entertaining straightforward no-frills documentary by Harvard grad and then Harvard undergrad Kevin Rafferty."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"More than just a not-so-instant replay...even for viewers who regularly skip the Super Bowl it will be something to cheer."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Rafferty uses interviews with the former players, most now in their 60s and nearly all of them touchingly philosophical, to reveal the cultural issues buffeting their campuses, but not necessarily their locker rooms."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The aura of shock-and-awe surrounding this game is laid on a bit thick, and sometimes you feel like you're just watching an ESPN special. Still, it's fun."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"If the film meanders at times, reaching for significance in the wrong places, football fans will nevertheless find it charming. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Even if you're familiar with the details of the game, Rafferty's suspenseful editing draws you to the edge of your seat and beyond, back into 1968 itself."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Rafferty's static interviews seem better suited for the radio show This American Life than for a movie documentary, but the riveting game footage recaptures the game's drama."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, a mosaic of storytelling told by former college-level gridiron athletes, pieces together the remarkable story of a fateful 1968 match between the titular Ivy League teams."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Simply by letting the onetime gridiron stars talk about the game they played and the era it was played in, the capsule cracks open and you're sucked inside and you cannot believe, even if you know the details, how that game turned out the way it did."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"This 'replay' of a legendary football game between undefeated Harvard and Yale teams for the 1968 championship is terrific sport. The title may reveal the results, but the plays, commentaries and remembrances are gripping--even if you're not a football fa"
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
"An engaging chronicle not only of a memorable game but also of an era that seems at once more innocent and combustible than our own."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Made on a shoestring budget, but with vision, heart and talent, Rafferty has created an action-packed, yet thoughtful film."
‑ Emily S. Mendel, culturevulture.net
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