• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Landis
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 1978 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 24, 1998
  • Universal Pictures


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National Lampoon's Animal House Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

September 26, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 5, 2013
R. L. Shaffer

Easily one of the best teen sex comedies of all time and quite possibly the best frat comedy ever made.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 9/10

January 29, 2012
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

John Belushi's raucous toga party isn't for young kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 18, 2010

Sky Movies

A masterpiece in anarchy.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2009

Total Film

Growing old disgracefully, Animal House is every bit as good as you remember.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2009
Robert Hanks

Animal House is a self-congratulatory mess; but it's also spattered with terrific one-liners and sight gags, and it's the best showcase extant for John Belushi's subversive, attention-grabbing screen presence.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2009

Animal House brandit le titre de film culte avec honneur.

Full Review Source: Panorama | Original Score: 7/10

August 20, 2008
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!

See website for more details.

Full Review Source: Screen It! | Original Score: 10/10

June 27, 2008
Colin Kennedy
Empire Magazine

Arguably the most influential comedy of our time.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2008


Obscene, absurd and hilarious, Animal House is a genre classic.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2008
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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While the low comedy is undeniably effective, the film leaves behind a bad taste of snobbery and petty meanness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 25, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This was the first of those crazy-college-antics films and remains, in most ways, the best.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 25, 2007
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 25, 2007
Variety Staff
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There's enough bite and bawdiness to provide lots of smiles and several broad guffaws.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 25, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

"Animal House" never settles for just funny. It always strives for double-secret funny.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

April 1, 2007
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Director John Landis made a film that will probably remain fresh and fun for as long as kids go to college.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 9/10

August 16, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Almost everyone else has at least one funny scene to equal Belushi's greatest moments.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2006

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006


Ramis, Landis and their colleagues created a party film that's deeply rooted in the soil of popular culture.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 5, 2005
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