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Dead Man on Campus (1998)

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6

Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 15

Not much of a story.

audience

56

liked it
Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 45,581

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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

R,

Drama, Comedy

Michael Traeger, Mike White

Mar 9, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (39) | DVD (1)

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.

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

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Oddly, the troubled Cliff is more sympathetic than the two self-involved protagonists.

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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
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The jokes are few. And the only real reason you'll laugh is that, by the time they appear on screen, you've been waiting so long for the opportunity, you'll laugh at anything.

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

This Dead Man is a stiff.

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

As premises go, this one is unusually thin, boorish and insensitive. No amount of reworking with a No. 2 pencil will do any good.

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

It's amiably played, but Alan Cohn's direction lacks bite.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

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

Devoid of style or wit, this film wastes the talent of some fine comedic actors.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A moribund stinker that has been moldering in a studio morgue drawer for some time.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Maybe it was my low expectations, but I actually think that people will not appreciate how much suckage was avoided in the making of this film.

October 24, 2001 Full Review

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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