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  • Summary: Just fired adman Bill Rago (DeVito) takes a job teaching English to misfit army recruits.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 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]
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    It's a little too long, a little too corny, a little too packaged, but its warmth and regenerative energies make it a winner. [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. 50
    A movie that celebrates the life of the mind and the uniqueness of the individual but does so in glib slogans and is, itself, a sort of knockoff.
  5. The director Penny Marshall has a gently persuasive touch that keeps the movie's most brazen manipulations from being too offensive. [02 Jun 1994]
  6. From the ad campaign, we pretty much know how things are going to turn out, and her pedestrian attempts at subplots are even more transparent than those in "Awakenings."
  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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