The humor is relentlessly cruel, smug, and disconnected from any sense of how human beings might behave in similar situations.
This disappointing teen comedy from director Martha Coolidge is another entry in the rash of teens-goofing-with-science films.
| Original Score: 2/4
What lifts the production above the run-of-the-mill is swift direction by Martha Coolidge, who has a firm grasp over the manic material.
The movie gets stuck as a run-of-the-mill teen revenge comedy.
It does make you wonder if the drive of the US education system is ultimately to develop better weapons of mass-destruction, though Coolidge's movie is too hazily good-natured to capitalise on the tougher aspects of the material.
great fun and full of 1980s relics, from the now-antiquated computers to the box of Donkey Kong cereal to a finale set to Tears for Fears...
goofy and very funny
| Original Score: 3/5
Young Kilmer in no-brainer comedy
Supreme guilty pleasure
| Original Score: 4/5
What the film needs, instead of these familiar teen-movie trappings, is a cleverness and eccentricity to match that of its characters. For the most part, these are qualities that it lacks.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
See it. If you have seen it, see it again. It's a moral imperative.
A guilty pleasure....ooodles of fun
Pure '80s genius.
Like Risky Business, this not only rose above the 1980s teen comedy genre, but stuck it to the Reagan administration as well.
This picture remains blissfully aloft, borne by engaging actors and a warm heart.
Everyone plays their part in making this a very funny movie.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Real Genius contains many pleasures, but one of the best is its conviction that the American campus contains life as we know it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: 1/5
| Original Score: 2/5