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Nerve's fast pace and charming leads help overcome a number of fundamental flaws, adding up to a teen-friendly thriller with enough energy to occasionally offset its muddled execution.



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Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico, has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.

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Samira Wiley
as Hacker Kween
Kim Ramirez
as Senior Sales Woman
Josh Ostrovsky
as Dirt Beard
Rightor Doyle
as Bergdorf Salesman
Arielle Vandenberg
as Bergdorf Sales Lady
Jonny Beauchamp
as Gatekeeper
Christopher Breslin
as Bergdorf Security Guard
Wesley Volcy
as Taxi Cab Driver
Michael Drayer
as Officer McMillan
Earl W. Mayers
as Security Guard
Diana Kolsky
as Girlfriend
Matthew Meyer
as Boyfriend
Michael Birnbaum
as Town Crier
Ryan Forsythe
as Watcher at Dorilton
Phyllis Barasch
as Bergdorf Lady
Chloe Wise
as Player/Watcher
Casey Neistat
as Player/Watcher
Sarah Shtern
as Player/Watcher
Miya Strauss
as Player/Watcher
Aris Schwabe
as Player/Watcher
Chet Dillon
as Player/Watcher
Jerami Goodwin
as Player/Watcher
Julia Barasch
as Player/Watcher
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Critic Reviews for Nerve

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (35)

  • The denouement is ridiculous, the conclusion sketchy and the script's attempts to be hip are, in the end, slightly pathetic.

    Sep 9, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The secret weapon of the film is cinematographer Michael Simmonds, who has a whole bag of tricks up his sleeve.

    Aug 31, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Taking its name from a fictional smartphone game in which contestants roam New York completing challenges and are whittled down until only one remains, Nerve is basically Pokémon Go meets Highlander.

    Aug 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Nerve's biggest problem is that, much like a confused kid in high school, it just isn't sure what it wants to be.

    Aug 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Nerve is a dizzyingly of-the-moment good time, a dystopian meet-cute in present-day New York.

    Aug 2, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It gets off on the highwire fun of living on a digital dare and then pisses away its provocations by lecturing us with a metaphorical take on social media as an STD. What a buzz kill.

    Jul 29, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nerve

Mediocre. Gaps in logic are plentiful, but the action is fun enough to make a worthy distraction.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

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What starts out as a pretty accurate portrayal of teenager's online habits these days (and a very well presented one at that) soon takes it a step further, like in a somewhat friendly Black Mirror episode. Things are pretty interesting, sometimes even exciting, but the film sometimes shies away from being too toxic or mean. The message it is sending is still worth noting, even though the solution is maybe a tad too naive. Emma Roberts carries the film with her very natural and likable portrayal of a regular teenager. A worthy effort, well done.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Patchy. It feels like yet another "unfriended" style internet story, but with action. And a bit of Hunger Games in there at the end too. Kind of liked it, but kind of didn't. I feel like I'm too old for this story, but some of it was fun if you could ignore the gaping plot holes. Style over substance.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Nerve has stylish visual effects and a dark, au courant take on technology and the anonymous social interaction of the Millennial crowd. Acting is good for what this film is. An original screenplay with plenty of suspense and suspicion kept me entertained. I recommend it.

Christian C
Christian C

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