Dead Man on Campus
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Before the box-office success of Varsity Blues (1999) and the critical acclaim of Election (1999), the MTV cable channel created this raunchy campus comedy, the debut feature from MTV Films, the network's motion-picture production banner. Josh Miller (Tom Everett Scott) is a studious and responsible pre-med student entering college as a freshman. His wild, hard-partying roommate, Cooper Frederickson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), on the other hand, is a spoiled rich kid who never studies and spends his time getting drunk and ogling coeds. Before long, Cooper's fun-filled lifestyle has… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's all handled so poorly that it comes off as more ghoulish than anything else, although those who find the word "bong" instantly entertaining and are easily distracted by the presence of flickering images may be amused."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Dead Man on Campus is a modestly amusing trifle that merits a passing grade as lightweight entertainment."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The jokes are few. And the only real reason you'll laugh is that, by the time they appear on screen, you've been waiting so long for the opportunity, you'll laugh at anything."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"It's amiably played, but Alan Cohn's direction lacks bite."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"One of the best comedies of the 90's! Once is never enough!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The material is mostly predictable, moronic and deadly dull."
‑ Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune
"As a satire of new-style collegiate types, this MTV production actually evinces a few germs of rancid wit. If only the laborious high-concept plot had been deep-sixed -- and, along with it, the cynically blah heroes."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"This Dead Man is a stiff."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Surpise, surprise! This college comedy is better than you'd expect."
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Dead Man will remind any college grad of the fun and freedom of freshman year, and the wide variety of personalities met there."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Oddly, the troubled Cliff is more sympathetic than the two self-involved protagonists."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"It is a movie whose appeal will diminish in direct proportion to the number of years it has been since you were a sexually-frustrated, pimply-faced undergrad."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"As premises go, this one is unusually thin, boorish and insensitive. No amount of reworking with a No. 2 pencil will do any good."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"An education in cheap, easy laughs."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Some of the endless drug-sex-rock-'n'-roll gags are cute, but most are so paper-thin they disintegrate on contact with fresh air."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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