Varsity Blues
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In his first feature following the success of television's Dawson's Creek, James Van Der Beek stars as Jonathan Moxon, the back-up quarterback on his high-school football team, the West Canaan Coyotes. In West Canaan, the only thing that matters is football, and the man who matters is the one with 22 divisional championships, coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight). Mox, as the young "A" student is called, is wrapping up his senior year on his way to Brown University in the shadow of his childhood friend, star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker). With only five games until the end… More

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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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