National Lampoon's Animal House Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 1, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Gary Arnold
Washington Post
July 31, 2015
You may not care to take up permanent spiritual residence at Animal House, but it's funny place to visit.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 26, 2013
The spirit of National Lampoon, as well as the voice of a generation...
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 5, 2013
a nice piece of counterculture which takes place at a time when there wasn't much counterculture out there
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
Easily one of the best teen sex comedies of all time and quite possibly the best frat comedy ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
John Belushi's raucous toga party isn't for young kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sky Movies
November 6, 2009
A masterpiece in anarchy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
November 6, 2009
Growing old disgracefully, Animal House is every bit as good as you remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Hanks
October 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2008
Animal House brandit le titre de film culte avec honneur.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!
June 27, 2008
See website for more details.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Colin Kennedy
Empire Magazine
May 6, 2008
Arguably the most influential comedy of our time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2008
Obscene, absurd and hilarious, Animal House is a genre classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 25, 2007
While the low comedy is undeniably effective, the film leaves behind a bad taste of snobbery and petty meanness.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 25, 2007
This was the first of those crazy-college-antics films and remains, in most ways, the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
July 25, 2007
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.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
July 25, 2007
There's enough bite and bawdiness to provide lots of smiles and several broad guffaws.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 1, 2007
"Animal House" never settles for just funny. It always strives for double-secret funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 16, 2006
Director John Landis made a film that will probably remain fresh and fun for as long as kids go to college.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 31, 2006
Almost everyone else has at least one funny scene to equal Belushi's greatest moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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