National Lampoon's Animal House - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

National Lampoon's Animal House Reviews

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½ October 17, 2016
Fun college party movie, not my favorite but my favorites were surely influenced by it
September 10, 2016
Animal House is such an awfully dated, plain unfunny and dull movie that has such a dated, really mediocre humor in it, unlikable characters and some of the worst tendencies of its very frustrating decade. It is undoubtedly one of the most overrated comedies of all time.
September 7, 2016
Classic but not perfect comedy that, while not has aged well, at it's best, is as funny as films get. In hindsight, the Deltas are bad people. They don't take their schooling seriously and engage in a lot of destructive & outright criminal behavior (even if it is hilarious at times). It helps that everyone around them is worse, from the horrible rival fraternity houses to Dean Wormer (wonderfully played by John Vernon) who is the standard for evil college bureaucracy. Thankfully, the cast is game, from then newcomers like Kevin Bacon ("ALL IS WELL!!!") to Tim Matheson, wonderfully mischievous as Otter. However, the scene stealer is the late, great John Belushi, who whether with a wire look or a hilarious, if historically inaccurate, motivational speech ("Germans?", "Quiet, he's rolling.") he brings life into every moment he's on screen. Behind the camera, John Landis keeps the comedy fast & loose, though some gags are cringeworthy (at one point, the Delta use the death of a college girl to score dates). However, the comedy hits more than misses, from the horse gag to the ending parade (best parade ever!!). With it's flaws, "Animal House" is a good but not great film. However, does it have some of the funniest scenes & moments in film history, that is without question.
August 22, 2016
Dreadful shite. Irish people - warning this is supposed to be some kind of American rite of passage. They'll all bring it up. Just nod and smile.
August 19, 2016
10 out of 10:

Ridiculous but funny and smart, Animal House proves to be a representation of what's going on right now.
August 8, 2016
A movie where its chaotic, mess of a story is both its greatest strength and weakest excuse - sometimes within the same scene. I can see why people like it, it's as close as you'll get to anarchy. However, the shtick gets old after about 40 minutes, and it seems like rehashing the same scene in a new light for the remainder. As a satire on college life, 4 stars. As a movie, 2 stars... Hence my rating.
½ August 3, 2016
Pretty much the be-all end-all frat house comedy.
½ August 1, 2016
Simply put, Animal House is just plain fun. It's not a film that's meant to engage intellectually or emotionally: it's a rowdy college comedy, and it doesn't try to he anything more than that. In fact, it's the quintessential college comedy: if you can name a trope of the genre, it's almost guaranteed that Animal House solidified it as a genre staple. There's jokes that don't work as well as they could, but there's so many moments that are sure to get at least a chuckle, and those moments certainly outweigh the moments that fall a little flat. The dry and deadpan style of comedy that's so prominent here takes some getting used to, but once the film warms up, it's a blast. Much of the charm of the film comes from the performances: all of the fraternity members are hilarious in their own way, but the standout is easily John Belushi as Bluto, whose mostly physical humor works so well without going overboard. It's a comedy classic for a reason: there's a lot of fun to be had here.
½ July 19, 2016
Funny, with a solid and iconic soundtrack and benefiting from John Belushi in his top form, Animal House entertains teens and young adults.
½ July 12, 2016
Much like Caddyshack, another Harold Ramis penned movie, Animal House exists as more of a serious of sketches than a cohesive 3 act story. But it has an anarchic energy and a deft ability to extract laughs from the simplest and most common of situations that it really doesn't matter. It may not have made me laugh as much as I thought it would, considering it's one of cinemas most acclaimed comedies, but when it did the comedy came from wit and character and hit bullseye every time. John Belushi near steals the show with every gag he makes. His devilish grin, his wriggling eyebrows, the way he invests himself in every joke. It's a real shame we lost him so soon. Even if you don't like the movie you can witness its influence in comedies even today, and it's most certainly worth seeing for its quirkiness, quotability and unashamed immaturity.
July 5, 2016
not as good as i remember it, but still pretty fun
May 20, 2016
Classic. Basically the first of it's kind with funny antics and madcap fun.
May 3, 2016
A must see comedy classic.
½ April 23, 2016
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) ? 1/2
Spectacularly unfunny "comedy" with Belushi mugging as ever as an oddball in college campus. Gags galore, but they all miss their mark, whatever they were in the first place.
March 26, 2016
Mate de risa esta locura, solo el final fue super extraño.
½ March 26, 2016
Great story but not very funny but relatable as a frat boy
March 18, 2016
A comedy with a memorable ensemble cast full of laughs for everyone
½ February 21, 2016
Inspirational mind***w.
February 8, 2016
This is the classic college film. It was the foundation of the genre and is perfect as a comedy. Every single scene has been quoted by thousands of college and fraternity young men. John Belushi and the cast are in their amateurish best and it just seems to click on every level. It is difficult to think of improving any scene in this film. The Neidermeyer horse scene is incredibly hilarious.

This is an honest, straight up hilarious boy's romp through college and spawned the endless attempts to recreate its original glory.
½ January 21, 2016
Being iconic and being a timeless comedy classic are two separate things. "Animal House" is funny, but it's average at best.
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