Varsity Blues
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In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. Uncompromising and omnipotent, Kilmer is deified in the small Texas town, as long as the team is winning. But when star quarterback Lance Harbor suffers a season-ending injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of second-string quarterback Jonathan Moxon. His irreverent attitude and approach to football come into direct conflict with the coach's inflexible game plan.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Slickly enjoyable!"
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Scenes work, but they don't pile up and build momentum."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...someone could make a very interesting, nuanced film about the exalted place that high school football holds in some parts of Texas... this isn't that film."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Depicts just how difficult it is to stay true to yourself and your dreams when the call of celebrity comes knocking at your door."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"cheap zirconium garbage"
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"Varsity Blues eventually fizzles out badly!"
‑ Robert Horton,
"Tired, corn-fed storyline and generic, plug-and-play direction!"
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Van Der Beek and Voight weigh in with convincing performances ."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"In addition to the fulfillment of endless high school male fantasies, it also recycles every football and sports movie cliché known to man"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The movie panders to its teen audience with typical crudeness and excessively lewd behavior."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"The football scenes are involving, the acting is up to snuff, and there is something about those last days of high school that remains a solid background for even the most familiar of stories."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"...slick, well made, and well acted, but it takes no chances. Seems a wasted opportunity."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A serviceable 1990s teen flick."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"An utterly formulaic teen sports, sex and suds potboiler!"
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"Hasn't an original bone in its rib-crushing body!"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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