Revenge of the Nerds

1984

Revenge of the Nerds

Critics Consensus

Undeniably lowbrow but surprisingly sly, Revenge of the Nerds has enough big laughs to qualify as a minor classic in the slobs-vs.-snobs subgenre.

70%

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Total Count: 43
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A college fraternity that houses the school's socially awkward, thick-glasses-sporting set decides to exact their revenge on the football players who've repeatedly humiliated them.

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (5)

  • While much is in the Animal House vein and quite funny, several tasteless episodes mar the film.

    Jul 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • If you've seen Porky's, Animal House, D.C. Cab, or Police Academy, you've seen Nerds. And if you liked the prototypes, you'll like the latest of the genre, low humor and all -- belching, mooning, panty raids, peeping at girls and booger jokes.

    Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Simple-minded romp about a group of freshmen outcasts doesn't qualify for the dean's list, but Revenge of the Nerds shows more than enough smarts to deserve passing grades.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • The only worthy successor to Animal House.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Don Peretta

    Time Out
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  • Revenge of the Nerds doesn't do much for movies or nerds.

    May 17, 2004 | Full Review…
  • The underlying intelligence of director Jeff Kanew glimmers through at times, and is reflected in a couple of nice performances.

    Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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