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

"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
"If you have a roommate you really want to see suffer, here's a suggestion: Buy him or her a ticket to Dead Man on Campus."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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
"Doesn't grow tiresome; it already is once the clever opening titles are through."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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
"The trouble is that it's not remotely funny enough not to seem merely strained, silly and even disgusting in its ultimate endorsement of conning your way into academic survival."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"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
"Despite this film's interesting premise and dark subject matter, this movie sucks because it is unfunny, boring, and presents us with one of Tom Everett Scott's worst acting performances."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"This limp 1998 comedy tries hard to be both irreverent and ethical by suggesting that deceit motivated by self-interest is OK as long as no one gets hurt."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"All three would-be suicides are over the top and fun to watch. Too bad the film they're in seems to have been at least partly written and directed by Beavis and Butt-head."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"One of the best comedies of the 90's! Once is never enough!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"What else would you expect from a demented comedy about suicide?"
‑ Susan Granger,
"Just as dead as its title."
‑ David Keyes,
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