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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) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (45)

  • 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

  • Nov 28, 2017
    Mediocre. Gaps in logic are plentiful, but the action is fun enough to make a worthy distraction.
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2017
    Fun Black-Mirrorish concept, well executed until an extremely dumb and unlikely ending.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2017
    Eschewing the typical teen movie tropes for a much smarter and surreal concept, Nerve is strikingly fun and fast-paced and presents an idea that seems alarmingly close to home. Besides some middle of the road performances, Nerve is highly stylized and sometimes even thrilling putting emphasis on visual electricity and the strength of the clever scenario. It's no classic and it moralizes a bit too bluntly at the climax, but for the audience this movie is aiming its eye at, they will eat this up. Rating: 68
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2017
    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 Super Reviewer

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