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Real Genius Reviews

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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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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.
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...
April 18, 2005
goofy and very funny
| Original Score: 3/5
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
October 19, 2004
Young Kilmer in no-brainer comedy
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 18, 2003
Supreme guilty pleasure
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 5, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2002
See it. If you have seen it, see it again. It's a moral imperative.
| Original Score: 4/5
September 24, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 17, 2002
A guilty pleasure....ooodles of fun
| Original Score: 3/5
August 7, 2002
Pure '80s genius.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 5, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
July 12, 2002
This picture remains blissfully aloft, borne by engaging actors and a warm heart.
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
January 1, 2000
Everyone plays their part in making this a very funny movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 30, 2007
The humor is relentlessly cruel, smug, and disconnected from any sense of how human beings might behave in similar situations.
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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