Harvard Man
Harvard Man (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 29, 2002
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Harvard Man is a pretentious, incoherent mess.

Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

Grenier is terrific, bringing an unforced, rapid-fire delivery to Toback's Heidegger- and Nietzsche-referencing dialogue.

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

Toback offers a complex, borderline campy, and oddly entertaining study of modern moral dilemmas.

Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

An overstylized, puréed mélange of sex, psychology, drugs and philosophy. Sometimes entertaining, sometimes indulgent -- but never less than pure wankery.

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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

The attempt is courageous, even if the result is wildly uneven.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A crisply made movie that is no more than mildly amusing.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

I think it was Plato who said, 'I think, therefore I know better than to rush to the theatre for this one.'

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What makes the movie work is that the premise, which sounds like a comedy, is treated with the seriousness of life and death.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

A characteristically engorged and sloppy coming-of-age movie.

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Shawn Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Spencer
Not all that good. I liked the actors but the characters were not likable and I ended up not caring what happened more and more as I watched it.
Chosen 718
Decent film.
Dean King
SMG fans will be dissapointed with this. A very odd film each which a student gets mixed up in trying to throw a basketball game in which to make money for… More
Robert Fearon
Drug usage in films makes me sick....and in real life too. I think I fell asleep somewhere towards the end. Only good line was when SMG told the other girl to… More
Kevin M
Lots of sex, deception and an adventurous storyline. Even if you don't like the plot, which involves a manipulative FBI investigation and a points-shaving… More