School Ties
School Ties (1992)

An assemblage of young Hollywood actors poised for stardom marked this tale of anti-Semitism at a 1950s prep school. Brendan Fraser stars as David Greene, a working-class Jewish quarterback from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who is offered a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 18, 1992
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

Well-meaning and earnest, "School Ties" (citywide) moves through its measured paces with dogged predictability.

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Time Out

More notable perhaps for a roster of future stars and Oscar winners than for its unexceptional plot, this well executed film nevertheless has its charms.

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Malcolm Johnson
Hartford Courant

"School Ties" seems unlikely to capture the audience that made a hit of "Dead Poets Society."

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Matt Mueller
Empire Magazine

The boys put in fine performances but sadly the script lacks the depth of what could have been a challenging story.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

School Ties has a leafy, genteel look that is somehow less than convincing, perhaps because the hairdos are too tidy and the resemblances to other prep-school stories too clear.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

But why did the filmmakers relegate their story to the 1950s, as if such attitudes weren't still alive and dangerous?

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is a bewildering mixture of fairly accomplished storytelling, awkward contrivances in the script, and lies in the overall conception so egregious they undercut any pretensions the film might have to social seriousness.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Good intentions go for naught as director Robert Mandel (F/X) pounds home every contrivance in the script by Darryl Ponicsan (Taps).

David Parkinson
Radio Times

Sure, it has a serious message, but it is put over with a grasp of reality that gives it a better-than-average chance of getting through

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
an interesting coming of age film featuring a host of up and comers since turned big stars. the film deals well with the theme of prejudice, and walks the line… More
Jason Owens
In "School Ties," Brendan Fraser plays as David Greene, a Jewish football star who is attending a preparatory boarding school on a football… More
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, Randall Batinkoff, Ben Affleck, Amy Locane, Cole Hauser, Andrew Lowery, Anthony Rapp, Zeljko Ivanek,… More
Tom Ericksen
One of Brendan Frazier's best
Wahida K
The Sad thing is that there is still that hate against Jews going around. Outstanding peformance by Brendan Fraser
Deb S
Is it worth breaking tradition? Brendan Fraser stars as David Greene, a gifted student and an all-American high school football player admitted into a… More

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