Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Watch On
  1. 100
    Uproarious, moving and thrilling.
  2. Not just a great sports movie, Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 captures a pivotal moment in recent history.
  3. 100
    This may or may not be the greatest instance of college football ever played, but "Brian's Song," J"erry Maguire," and "The Longest Yard" notwithstanding, Rafferty's no-frills annotated replay is the best football movie I've ever seen: A particular day in history becomes a moment out of time.
  4. Filmmaker Kevin Rafferty makes the case for remembrance and for the art of the story in his preposterously entertaining documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, preposterous at least for those of us who routinely shun that pagan sacrament.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    90
    How many thrillers could put the outcome in the title and still provide as many white-knuckle moments as Harvard Beats Yale 29-29?
  6. The aura of shock-and-awe surrounding this game is laid on a bit thick, and sometimes you feel like you're just watching an ESPN special. Still, it's fun. The interviewees include Harvard's stone-cold-serious Tommy Lee Jones and Brian Dowling, Yale's wonder-boy quarterback who became the model for B.D. in classmate Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury."
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. John
    Aug 6, 2009
    10
    Great! It is difficult to understand why this movie would be so riviting given that this is Ivy league football and 40 years ago. But the Great! It is difficult to understand why this movie would be so riviting given that this is Ivy league football and 40 years ago. But the players are great characters and the game may be the most suspenseful of all time. Must see! Full Review »
  2. EdwardK
    May 8, 2009
    9
    An excellent documentary. As a Yale graduate, I hated the ending, of course, but I loved the film. It's really about the players and An excellent documentary. As a Yale graduate, I hated the ending, of course, but I loved the film. It's really about the players and their roller-coaster of emotions during and since The Game. Except for "Man on Wire" it's the best documentary I've seen in years. Full Review »