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  • Summary: Alan (Grenier) is a Harvard student indulging in all of life's more interesting vices - illicit sex, drugs and high-stakes gambling, with a little Heidegger thrown in for good measure. (Cowboy Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. 80
    In a summer of clones, Harvard Man is something rare and riveting: a wild ride that relies on more than special effects.
  2. The first half of this freewheeling comedy-drama finds Toback at his imaginative best. The second half sinks into silliness.
  3. 75
    How can one man juggle two women, possible expulsion, Mafia baseball bats and the meaning of life, while on acid? This is the kind of question only a Toback film thinks to ask, let alone answer.
  4. Sillier than it is clever, and Toback's self-indulgence is tiresome. He's a genuine auteur, all right, but his life and the funky tastes that inspire him are just not as interesting as he thinks they are.
  5. A characteristically engorged and sloppy coming-of-age movie from the filmmaker (''Harvard '66'') who, in his body of work, indulges his fantasies as fetishistically as other men finger their cigars.
  6. Obsessives can be seductive, and Toback is interesting for the same reasons his films are often unendurable: He's not an artist so much as a giant pop-cult testicle pumping absurd energy in a rampaging, self-justifying gout.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    10
    An astonishing mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3

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