Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: June 3, 1994 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
44
METASCORE
Mixed or average reviews based on 20 Critics
Positive:
3
Mixed:
15
Negative:
2
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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]
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]
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]
50
The film is achingly conventional. [03 Jun 1994]
50
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]
50
Warm, squishy and manipulative, like being slobbered on by a mongrel pup that's begging for more Snausages.[03 Jun 1994]
50
The director Penny Marshall has a gently persuasive touch that keeps the movie's most brazen manipulations from being too offensive. [02 Jun 1994]
40
Marshall doesn't have the gift for shamelessness, and that's why the film, with its pileup of sentimentalities, seems so processed. [04 Jun 1994]
38
It transforms that bottom line into a saccharine border, framing the picture with enough faux inspiration to keep Hallmark in cards for a month of Mother's Days. [03 Jun 1994]