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Nerve (2016)



Critic Consensus: 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 (125) | Top Critics (30)

Nerve is a dizzyingly of-the-moment good time, a dystopian meet-cute in present-day New York.

August 2, 2016 | Full Review…
BuzzFeed News
Top Critic

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.

July 29, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Nerve looks fabulous and the pace is evenly adrenalized, which makes up for clichéd characters, a concocted premise and commentary that is a bit on the nose ...

July 29, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

"Nerve" is sharp looking and delivers real jolts, even if the climax pushes things a bit far and wraps up too easily. Or maybe it's an accurate look at what'll happen when "Nerve" becomes real?

July 29, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

Like one of its daredevils hanging one-handed from skyscraper scaffolding, Nerve mostly manages to maintain its precarious balance of pulpy suspense and social commentary.

July 29, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Joost and Schulman use nearly every trick imaginable to keep Nerve's energy at a consistently high level and to give it a visual uniqueness.

July 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Nerve

Not realistic, but still a fun movie. It was enjoyable. Vee is a high school student who plays it safe, but one day decides to change that by playing an interactive online game, Nerve. People can watch you do dares and you'll get paid for it. You go on this journey with her and her new friend and see how far they'll go.

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

Super Reviewer


A brilliant modern day parable critiquing our voyeuristic, no consequences, social media- obsessed culture. Teens log onto an MMORPG that immediately uploads all their personal information to secure, untrackable servers. The Watchers then challenge the Players to perform all manners of dangerous or embarrassing stunts for money and notoriety. Should a Player fail a dare, all their winnings are lost, and should they "snitch," they are trapped in the game and their digital footprints fall into the hands of sadistic Watchers. Shrinking violet Vee, goaded on by her daredevil bestie, Sydney, joins the game as a Player and quickly sparks a cult following after kissing crowd favorite Ian for five seconds. They team up and complete more and more escalating dares until the challenges get personal and threaten to destroy the simmering Host-Parasite friendship between Vee and Sydney. The plot is as thrilling as a blindfolded 60mph motorcycle ride, and all the actors are well-cast: Emma Roberts is amiable with a tinge of awkward; Dave Franco is charming in a wolfish way; and even all the supporting friends have great moments of emotional depth. I'm really into cute, denim-overalled Kimiko Glenn who was recently in "Waitress" on Broadway. Her speaking voice is both twee yet resonant.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Even as little as five years ago, Nerve couldn't possibly have been made. Which makes me wonder, in four years from when Nerve was made (where the film is set), will it still be at all applicable? Already the social media it makes use of has changed from the time of filming to the date of release... Food for thought... With that out of the way, the movie itself: Just okay. The soundtrack is, at best, intrusive. The premise is old hat (although the exact way it's done is new). The message is a little blunt-force (though certainly not to Tomorrowland levels). The plot isn't quite solid. The acting is usually on par, though does occasionally slip. Many character interactions are overtly clichéd, and the filming style, while moderately original, is distracting. Bt it's still fun, and a little warming. I don't regret paying to watch it in cinemas, but keep in mind that's only because I did so at the "Movie of the Week" discounted price.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

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