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  • Summary: Just fired adman Bill Rago (DeVito) takes a job teaching English to misfit army recruits.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    63
    Renaissance Man is an exceptionally unoriginal comedy with a heart-tugging streak as big as Fort Bragg, but it succeeds perfectly well on its own unambitious terms.
  2. 63
    We know exactly where this picture is going at all times. Holding our attention, however, is a cast of fresh talent among the trainees. [03 Jun 1994]
  3. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    58
    It's a sweet-natured trifle that sneaks in some social commentary about the modern military and the failings of the American educational system, and it takes a wide swipe at advertising for good measure. [03 Jun 1994]
  4. The director Penny Marshall has a gently persuasive touch that keeps the movie's most brazen manipulations from being too offensive. [02 Jun 1994]
  5. At least it can be said that Renaissance Man, the new Penny Marshall film arriving at theaters today, has its heart in the right place and that star Danny DeVito comes across as thoughtful, intelligent, even sweet. [03 Jun 1994]
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    40
    This is a feel good movie which is too mechanically put together to make you feel anything.
  7. 25
    Renaissance Man is a labored, unconvincing comedy that seems cobbled together out of the half-understood remnants of its betters.

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