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Dead Man on Campus (1998)

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Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 11

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 45,539

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Movie Info

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

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Drama, Comedy

Michael Traeger, Mike White

Mar 9, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (29) | DVD (1)

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.

June 16, 2008 Full Review Source: 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.

June 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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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.

June 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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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.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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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.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Surpise, surprise! This college comedy is better than you'd expect.

June 16, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An education in cheap, easy laughs.

November 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

One of the best comedies of the 90's! Once is never enough!

March 11, 2005
Moviehole

Dead Man will remind any college grad of the fun and freedom of freshman year, and the wide variety of personalities met there.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

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.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

What else would you expect from a demented comedy about suicide?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Doesn't grow tiresome; it already is once the clever opening titles are through.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Just as dead as its title.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

This film is unendurable, but aside from that, it's also troubling.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Dead Man on Campus is 'good for a laugh.' As in ONE laugh.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Dead Man on Campus is a dead movie at the multiplex.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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.
April 19, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
February 26, 2008
RossCollinsUK

Super Reviewer

Several hilarious moments that induced such intense laughter that I cried.
January 24, 2008
jagfire
Taylor Bond

Super Reviewer

decent with funny scenes
November 23, 2007
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danny d

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