Real Genius
Real Genius (1985)

Martha Coolidge directed this comedy taking place at fictional Pacific Tech, concerning incoming freshman Mitch (Gabe Jarret), a high school student whose Science Fair project made important inroads into laser beam technology. Mitch has… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 11, 2002
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The humor is relentlessly cruel, smug, and disconnected from any sense of how human beings might behave in similar situations.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

What the film needs, instead of these familiar teen-movie trappings, is a cleverness and eccentricity to match that of its characters. For the most part, these are qualities that it lacks.

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Film4

The movie gets stuck as a run-of-the-mill teen revenge comedy.

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Variety

What lifts the production above the run-of-the-mill is swift direction by Martha Coolidge, who has a firm grasp over the manic material.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Real Genius contains many pleasures, but one of the best is its conviction that the American campus contains life as we know it.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

great fun and full of 1980s relics, from the now-antiquated computers to the box of Donkey Kong cereal to a finale set to Tears for Fears...

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It does make you wonder if the drive of the US education system is ultimately to develop better weapons of mass-destruction, though Coolidge's movie is too hazily good-natured to capitalise on the tougher aspects of the material.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This disappointing teen comedy from director Martha Coolidge is another entry in the rash of teens-goofing-with-science films.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

goofy and very funny

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Classic 80's movie!!
Leigh Ryan
Pretty crazy. Hard to keep focused on it, but it was pretty good still.
Unknown Hobo
This is one of those movies that I wake up one morning and just want to watch, an old faithful if you will. Val Kilmer gives one of his best performances,… More
Tim Salmons
Cliche'd to the core, but I enjoyed this little flick.
AJ Verser
A funny movies about nerds, I like it better than Revenge of the Nerds, except that it has Kilmer, who's not that good an actor, but overall, it's a… More
Manu Gino
Quite funny and I just wanted to see this movie because it reminded me alot from my childhood. Young Val Kilmer and the young japanese guy from Karate Kid 2… More

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