Harvard Man
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Director and screenwriter James Toback used his own experiences as a college student in the 1960s as the basis for this drama about a present-day student athlete who's bitten off more than he can chew. Alan Jensen (Adrian Grenier) is a college sophomore struggling to keep up with an unusually busy schedule -- while studying philosophy as a Harvard undergrad, he's also a point guard on the school's basketball team, and is juggling two girlfriends, cheerleader Cindy Bandolini (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Chesney (Joey Lauren Adams), a professor ten years his senior. As Alan tries to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Grenier is terrific, bringing an unforced, rapid-fire delivery to Toback's Heidegger- and Nietzsche-referencing dialogue."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Toback offers a complex, borderline campy, and oddly entertaining study of modern moral dilemmas."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"An overstylized, puréed mélange of sex, psychology, drugs and philosophy. Sometimes entertaining, sometimes indulgent -- but never less than pure wankery."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Might have been played as a glum cautionary tale, but in Toback's hands it becomes a lark--flashy, florid and blissfully over-the-top."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"If it's seldom boring, well, it's also rarely coherent."
‑ Marshall Fine, Journal News (Westchester, NY)
"The attempt is courageous, even if the result is wildly uneven."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"A crisply made movie that is no more than mildly amusing."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"I think it was Plato who said, 'I think, therefore I know better than to rush to the theatre for this one.'"
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"There's a certain niche audience that will eat up Harvard Man -- but whether that's the mob-movie set, the college-movie set, or the sex-movie set, I really have no idea."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"For those who accept the offbeat premise, the film ultimately delivers a satisfying dramatic exploration of the ways we create ourselves."
‑ Sheri Linden, Boxoffice Magazine
"What makes the movie work is that the premise, which sounds like a comedy, is treated with the seriousness of life and death."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A characteristically engorged and sloppy coming-of-age movie."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A semi-autobiographical film that's so sloppily written and cast that you cannot believe anyone more central to the creation of Bugsy than the caterer had anything to do with it."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"A frustrating 'tweener' -- too slick, contrived and exploitative for the art houses and too cynical, small and decadent for the malls."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Harvard Man is a semi-throwback, a reminiscence without nostalgia or sentimentality."
‑ Andy Klein, Dallas Observer
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