Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 4, 2009
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Holleman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

There's something oddly dissonant about listening to a gaggle of Harvard graduates talk about being scrappy, blue-collar underdogs.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

If the film meanders at times, reaching for significance in the wrong places, football fans will nevertheless find it charming. [Blu-ray]

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Jennifer Merin
About.com

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is weirdly entertaining. It somehow pulls off something that I didn't believe it could. It's actually suspenseful hearing how… More
Nate Harris
A fascinating sports documentary which, if nothing else, is demonstrable proof that Harvard is cooler than Yale. The game itself had a great narrative but the… More
Walter M.
"Harvard Beats Yale 29-29" is an entertaining [font=Comic Sans MS]documentary[/font] about the Harvard-Yale football game played on November 23, 1968.… More
cody franklin
Great documentary about a football game that took place in 1968 between, you guessed it, Harvard and Yale. This is a great film about sports, friendship, and… More
Jeff Talbott
While not the most incisive doc ever, this is enormously entertaining stuff. Following the game from top to bottom with constant intercutting of interviews… More