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Return to Nuke 'Em High

Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Quentin Tarantino has been a fan and friend of Troma for years, and when he made Kill Bill in two volumes to create an "Event Film," Lloyd Kaufman took note. "Michael Herz and I decided that to mark Troma's 40th year we, too, would produce an 'Event Film' in two volumes just like Quentin did," says Kaufman, "except slightly less lavish in the budget area." Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1 & 2, directed by Lloyd Kaufman, is a hilarious, thoughtful sci-fi "Event Film" with themes ripped straight


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Trashmeister director and co-writer Lloyd Kaufman delivers, if your order includes cracks about Jerry Sandusky and high school shootings along with Troma in-jokes and countless movie references.

January 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Die-hard Troma buffs may be amused by all of this, and by the wink-wink references to such studio icons as the Toxic Avenger and Sgt. Kabukiman.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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Mostly, "Return to Nuke 'Em High'' is an occasionally hilarious series of parodies: "Carrie,'' "Soylent Green,'' "Glee,'' "Cat Ballou,'' you name it.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Mr. Kaufman's talent can be debated, but his love for his job is stamped on every garish, oozy frame.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Even if it weren't a quasi-remake of 1986's anarchic Class of Nuke 'Em High, it would still feel borrowed and shoddy: Back is the cheesy green-goo spouting out of heads as students turn "cretin" from toxic food.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Some clever ideas -- the new Cretins harmonize, setting their atrocities to barbershop quartet numbers -- don't negate the tired, exploitative nature of most of the action.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There's a big difference between being intentionally ridiculous and coming out hilariously self-aware and being intentionally ridiculous and succeeding in being bad.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Retains a certain B-movie moxie, but its chaotic nature fatigues the film long before it reaches its non-conclusion. Points to Kaufman for the hurricane of sick ideas, but would it kill Troma to show a little patience?

March 23, 2014 Full Review Source:

A hilarious and fast paced re-visiting to one of Troma's best movie series...

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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This sort of thing can grow on you, but only if you're not careful.

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source:

Because it actively defies and outright ridicules all notions of aesthetic intent, proper form, and moral propriety, this lazy Z-film pastiche is essentially impervious to standard critical evaluation.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The worst part of Lloyd Kaufman's Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1? Not having Volume 2 follow directly after.

November 17, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

By the usual standards of Troma films, this is typical in that it's barely a movie, and the non-stop vulgarity becomes an ordeal by the hour point. But the picture isn't plotted with story beats, only shock moments...

August 20, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Paredes and Corcoran give really sincere performances. You really believe the relationship that forms between Chrissy and Lauren and it's legitimately touching. They are also adorable doing the ridiculous Troma gags.

May 25, 2013 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

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