Dead Man on Campus (1998)



Critic Consensus: Not much of a story.

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Alan Cohn made his directorial debut with this comedy. Honor student Josh Miller (Tom Everett Scott) has a scholarship for Daleman College's medical program, but his party-hardy roommate Cooper (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) prefers to see Josh juiced and loose. After a swinging semester with Cooper plus a few frolics with freshman Rachel (Poppy Montgomery), both Josh and Cooper are about to flunk out when they scan the fine print in the college charter, discovering that a 4.0 grade average is … More

Rating: R (for drug use, language and crude sexual humor)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Anthony Abrams, Michael Traeger, Mike White
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On DVD: Mar 9, 1999
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Dead Man on Campus

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
AV Club
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The material is mostly predictable, moronic and deadly dull.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Oddly, the troubled Cliff is more sympathetic than the two self-involved protagonists.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
New York Daily News
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Dead Man on Campus is a modestly amusing trifle that merits a passing grade as lightweight entertainment.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 16, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review… | June 16, 2008
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Dead Man on Campus


Somewhat decent, but very forgettable comedy, Dead Man on Campus is a fun comedy that though flawed manages to be entertaining. The story isn't anything great, but for the most part it brings on a few laughs. This is a film that is mindless fun. I enjoyed the film for what it was, a mindless entertaining romp that brought decent laughs. The film is not meant to be a great comedy,. I enjoyed the shear silliness of this film, and thought it was fun. The cast do a fairly decent job. Dead Man on Campus is one of those comedies that is perfect to watch with friends and have a good time. The jokes are good, never anything great; but most of the time it makes you laugh. Dead Man on Campus is underrated and though far from the worst comedy, it's not the best either The film is a decent film to watch and like I said, the film had its moments. The cast are fun to watch and obviously the key performance here is Lochlyn Munro as Cliff. He made the film better. Although Munro isn't a great actor, he manages to bring something worthwhile to the screen. This film is meant as a mindless comedy that shouldn't be taken seriously whatsoever. The film is no Hangover, but it manages to deliver good entertainment for what it is. I enjoyed the film, and I found it quite amusing despite its imperfections. Dead Man on Campus is a mindless comedy worth watching if you're in the mood for something a little dumb. Once in a while it's worth watching something stupid. Not the best comedy, but far better than films like Freddy Got Fingered and Biodome.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

One of the better American college movies due to a great and simple premise "If your roommate dies, you get an A", which makes for a great comedy.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

Several hilarious moments that induced such intense laughter that I cried.

Taylor Bond

Super Reviewer

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