Real Genius Reviews

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January 3, 2018
Coolidge has gotten onto something here, and the pity is that the story she's stuck with never gets her any deeper into it.
May 30, 2007
The humor is relentlessly cruel, smug, and disconnected from any sense of how human beings might behave in similar situations.
Top Critic
May 30, 2007
What lifts the production above the run-of-the-mill is swift direction by Martha Coolidge, who has a firm grasp over the manic material.
June 24, 2006
It does make you wonder if the drive of the US education system is ultimately to develop better weapons of mass-destruction, though Coolidge's movie is too hazily good-natured to capitalise on the tougher aspects of the material.
May 20, 2003
What the film needs, instead of these familiar teen-movie trappings, is a cleverness and eccentricity to match that of its characters. For the most part, these are qualities that it lacks.
January 1, 2000
Real Genius contains many pleasures, but one of the best is its conviction that the American campus contains life as we know it.
June 6, 2019
Friends, the world is a wacky, wonderful tapestry of opinions and taste. However, there is one universal truth that I must insist we all acknowledge: Real Genius is the best movie of 1985. If you disagree, I'll see you in hell.
January 9, 2019
Real Genius shows that nerds have their own games. They don't need to run faster or get more pledges or give themselves makeovers to have fun and prove their worth.
February 21, 2018
'80s college comedy with some sex jokes, cursing.
September 17, 2015
A witty, whip-smart and wise classic. It checks crowd-pleasing boxes of college-comedy tropes while boasting a cheerful view that optimism in education is not a sucker's bet but one to place over and over to keep things interesting ... and weird.
May 30, 2007
This disappointing teen comedy from director Martha Coolidge is another entry in the rash of teens-goofing-with-science films.
May 30, 2007
The movie gets stuck as a run-of-the-mill teen revenge comedy.
November 9, 2006
What makes it work (and simultaneously cements it as an '80s classic) is Kilmer's appealingly goofy performance -- it's a shame we don't see that side of him much these days.
October 13, 2005
great fun and full of 1980s relics, from the now-antiquated computers to the box of Donkey Kong cereal to a finale set to Tears for Fears...
June 19, 2005
April 18, 2005
goofy and very funny
November 19, 2004
October 19, 2004
Young Kilmer in no-brainer comedy
August 10, 2004
December 18, 2003
Supreme guilty pleasure
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