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  • Summary: In West Texas, where high school football is life, two quarterbacks compete for attention from their fans, their family and their coach.



Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. The movie is also brisk and wholehearted and smarter than you expect.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Musgrove
    70
    This flick has modest ambitions, but it delivers the goods in a fresh manner.
  3. 63
    Unfortunately, Voight is not in every scene, and, when he's absent, Varsity Blues has a tendency to flounder, descending into the realm of formulaic sports movie melodrama.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    50
    Eventually fizzles out badly.
  5. 50
    A movie that doesn't buy into all the tenets of our national sports religion; the subtext is that winning isn't everything.
  6. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    50
    This coming-of-age drama scores big points for trying to honestly tell a story rather than just pass the time.
  7. Reviewed by: Craig Marine
    25
    Half-comedy, half-coming-of-age movie with another half or so of sports film and maybe another quarter of soundtrack that adds up to 175 percent of a bad movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3

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