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Real Genius Reviews

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Nick Rogers
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
The humor is relentlessly cruel, smug, and disconnected from any sense of how human beings might behave in similar situations.

TV Guide
May 30, 2007
This disappointing teen comedy from director Martha Coolidge is another entry in the rash of teens-goofing-with-science films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.

May 30, 2007
The movie gets stuck as a run-of-the-mill teen revenge comedy.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
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...
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2005
goofy and very funny
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 19, 2004
Young Kilmer in no-brainer comedy
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
December 18, 2003
Supreme guilty pleasure
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Widgett Walls
October 14, 2002
See it. If you have seen it, see it again. It's a moral imperative.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
A guilty pleasure....ooodles of fun
| Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 7, 2002
Pure '80s genius.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
Like Risky Business, this not only rose above the 1980s teen comedy genre, but stuck it to the Reagan administration as well.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Sanjek
July 12, 2002
This picture remains blissfully aloft, borne by engaging actors and a warm heart.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Brundage
January 1, 2000
Everyone plays their part in making this a very funny movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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