The Freshman
The Freshman (1990)

In this farcical comedy, Matthew Broderick plays Clark Kellogg, an aspiring director who arrives in New York City to attend film school. However, moments after he arrives in the city, he's robbed by Victor Ray (Bruno Kirby), leaving him… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 30, 1998
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93%
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61%



Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Buoyed by the charm of Matthew Broderick in the title role and Marlon Brando as a caricature of his Godfather persona, The Freshman benefits from solid casting, a clever premise, and sweet humor.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Andrew Bergman's The Freshman is a charmed comedy, the kind of seemingly effortless movie in which everything falls neatly into place, as if ordained by nature.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

Just when you've had it with the mistimed scenes and the clunky direction, writer-director Andrew Bergman comes through with an inspired piece of lunacy.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Freshman is like no other comedy. Just when you think you've figured it out, it ambles away.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Brando does a wonderful sendup of Corleone that manages to play off the Don's entrenched place in pop culture. But The Freshman is no copycat comedy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It's the kind of material that could easily fly apart into silliness, yet Brando and Broderick help the director to keep it anchored in a certain emotional reality, which is always the source of the richest comedy.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Here's a chance to see a mellow Marlon Brando in his greatest comedy performance.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Though writer-director Andrew Bergman sets up potentially funny situations, the payoffs aren't nearly as clever as they need to be. Many situations don't pay off at all.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Marlon Brando returns to the movies with one of his funniest performances as, in essence, Don Corleone with a screw loose.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The Freshman has dead spots, certainly, but makes up for them with its moments of inspired craziness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
A clever plot that is only enhanced due to Brando's satiric presence, 'The Freshman' is an enjoyable film whose jokes may fall flat most of the… More
danny d
one of the truly brilliant comedies of the 1990's, and already a film being grossly overlooked. ive never been a big broderick fan, but this may be his… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Brando spoofs his Godfather role ... that's the draw in this light fah-gettahboutit comedy that has a small town yoot (Broderick, serviceable) visit da Big… More
Cindy I
I always try to give Matthew Broderick the benefit of the doubt since I liked him in Ferris Beuller so much, but he keeps disappointing me.
AJ Verser
This is a zany adventure comedy with movie legend Marlon Brando and 80s teen cutie Matthew Broderick. Being a fan of both of them, I really enjoyed this movie.… More
Conner Rainwater
Aside from the above average performance from Marlon Brando, this a completely uninteresting and bland film. It is a lazy attempt at a coming of age story, that… More

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