National Lampoon's Animal House
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million dollars and started a slew of careers for its cast in the process. National Lampoon's Animal House… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 1978
DVD Release Date: February 24, 1998
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live's irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

You may not care to take up permanent spiritual residence at Animal House, but it's funny place to visit.

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Variety Staff

There's enough bite and bawdiness to provide lots of smiles and several broad guffaws.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Endlessly quotable, populated by endearing and unique characters, and blessed with a great score that mixes Elmer Bernstein's orchestral maneuvers with catchy oldies, this riotous comedy has lost none of its appeal over the years.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

While the low comedy is undeniably effective, the film leaves behind a bad taste of snobbery and petty meanness.

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Chris Auty
Time Out

An unashamed sense of its own fantasy is coupled with classically mounted slapstick; nostalgia mixes with cynicism in seductive proportions; and John Belushi's central performance as brain-damaged slob-cum-Thief of Baghdad is wonderful.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

The spirit of National Lampoon, as well as the voice of a generation...

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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

The Lampoon people understand the darkest secret of an American college education: one of the noblest reasons to go is to spend four years studying sex.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

National Lampoon's Animal House is by no means one long howl, but it's often very funny, with gags that are effective in a dependable, all-purpose way.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a nice piece of counterculture which takes place at a time when there wasn't much counterculture out there

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
When you look past its obviously thin script, you can't help but admire the anarchy and absurdity of this film. National Lampoon's Animal House's… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Third time seeing and it still remains a hilarious, worthwhile classic.
Lucas Martins
National Lampoon's Animal House presents a subversive and funny screenplay and the talents by John Landis in direction and John Belushi in the cast. Animal… More
Directors Cat
It's a very funny movie but by no means a solid movie. Next to Lampoons Vacation it's the most popular Lampoon movie. The vacation boasted a solid… More
Daniel Mumby
When I reviewed Basic Instinct three years ago, I talked about the reputation of erotic thrillers, commenting that they are "often lumped together with… More
Dean King
Really don't understand the fuss, this is suppose to be the best of the genre? It has no real plot to speak of and wasn't that funny, just odd. Have… More