Varsity Blues
Varsity Blues (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 15, 1999
DVD Release Date: May 31, 1999
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This is a predictable football movie that lacks intensity.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Slickly enjoyable!

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Robert Horton

Varsity Blues eventually fizzles out badly!

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...slick, well made, and well acted, but it takes no chances. Seems a wasted opportunity.

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James Berardinelli

Although the film takes a worthwhile detour or two, it ultimately finds its way back to the well-worn track of its genre.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A paint-by-numbers story that offers no surprises and a hero and villain etched in white and black with few shades of gray.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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.

Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz

Already a prime candidate for 1999's worst!

John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

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.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Van Der Beek and Voight weigh in with convincing performances .

More reviews for Varsity Blues

Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A parody of a parody, "Varsity Blues" is recklessly crass, uneven in its portrayal of high school football, and overall a sexist, annoying cultural… More
Melvin White
Coach Bud Kilmer: Your daddy was a no-talent pussy, but at least he listened!  "Make your own rules." I had seen this movie over the course of the… More
KJ Proulx
It may take a while to win you over, due to it's odd tonal shifts and it may be a little predictable, but every sports film has their predictability aspect… More
Jim Hunter
A Texas high school quarterback defies convention and a hard-line coach as he leads his team to success and raucous teen fun. My favorite sports film of all… More
Dan Schultz
Imagine every football movie, throw in every cliché to the max, and you have this film, about a small Texas town obsessed with high school football and how the… More
Jennifer Xu
I made it my goal to see all of the football films in the world since I love Friday Night Lights so much, and man was that a mistake. Varsity Blues is a… More