School Ties
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An assemblage of young Hollywood actors poised for stardom marked this tale of anti-Semitism at a 1950s prep school. Brendan Fraser stars as David Greene, a working-class Jewish quarterback from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who is offered a senior year scholarship to a prestigious New England academy. It's David's ticket to an Ivy League education and a way out of his Rust Belt hometown, but there's one condition: the school's elders ask him to be discreet about his religion. At first willing to do so, David struggles with his silence about his faith as his popularity grows. David… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a bewildering mixture of fairly accomplished storytelling, awkward contrivances in the script, and lies in the overall conception so egregious they undercut any pretensions the film might have to social seriousness."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Good intentions go for naught as director Robert Mandel (F/X) pounds home every contrivance in the script by Darryl Ponicsan (Taps)."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Stirring movie may be too heavy for some tweens."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Fraser, O'Donnell, Damon and Affleck would all go on to have much hyped careers, and occasionally make better films than this overbearingly worthy classroom drama."
‑ , Film4
"Sensível e envolvente, o filme aborda o anti-semitismo (e o preconceito, de forma geral) através de uma história simples, mas eficaz. É surpreendente como Brendan Fraser pode ser um ótimo ator, quando assim deseja."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"More notable perhaps for a roster of future stars and Oscar winners than for its unexceptional plot, this well executed film nevertheless has its charms."
‑ , Time Out
"There's a dramatic imbalance to Dick Wolf and Darryl Ponicsan's screenplay."
‑ Jeanne Cooper, Washington Post
"In the real world, it's more likely that Greene's working-class background would work harder against his acceptance at a snooty prep school than his religious beliefs, but School Ties largely ignores this angle."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Though well-intentioned as a message picture, the film is too schematic and predictable, and ultimately may be more significant in featuring a new cohort of actors, including Brandon Frazer, Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, and others."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A solid movie about anti-semitism that is most noteworthy because of it's now famous cast."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"School Ties has a leafy, genteel look that is somehow less than convincing, perhaps because the hairdos are too tidy and the resemblances to other prep-school stories too clear."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"School Ties is surprisingly effective."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The boys put in fine performances but sadly the script lacks the depth of what could have been a challenging story."
‑ Matt Mueller, Empire Magazine
"Well-intentioned (and only occasionally mawkish) tale of college-boy anti-semitism."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
" due mostly to some fine performances and a well-paced script."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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