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  • Summary: In 1962, the dean of Faber College plans to rid his campus of the delinquent Delta House fraternity.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 100
    The movie is vulgar, raunchy, ribald, and occasionally scatological. It is also the funniest comedy since Mel Brooks made "The Producers."
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Rude, rough, tasteless, but often hilarious.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Martin
    88
    Animal House is the sort of film you hate yourself for laughing at. It is so gross and tasteless you feel you should be disgusted but it's hard to be offended by something that is so sidesplittingly funny. [05 Aug 1978]
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    Steady readers of the National Lampoon may find National Lampoon's Animal House a somewhat soft-pedalled, punches-pulled parody of college campus life circa 1962. However, there's enough bite and bawdiness to provide lots of smiles and several broad guffaws.
  5. National Lampoon's Animal House is by no means one long howl, but it's often very funny, with gags that are effective in a dependable, all-purpose way.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Rich
    70
    At its best it perfectly expresses the fears and loathings of kids who came of age in the late '60's; at its worst Animal House revels in abject silliness. The hilarious highs easily compensate for the puerile lows.
  7. 70
    While the low comedy is undeniably effective, the film leaves behind a bad taste of snobbery and petty meanness.
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  1. Nov 8, 2012
    10
    The cafeteria scene is perhaps the funniest sequence to ever be caught on film.
  2. CharlieS.
    Feb 15, 2008
    10
    This is the funniest movie EVER, period.
  3. Mar 4, 2011
    10
    I saw this when it first came out. FUNNY and now a classic. John Belushi at his very best. The entire cast was funny.
  4. Oct 16, 2011
    8
    this movie is mad fun. it's also very self-aware. it doesn't want to be deep. it's a crazy spectacle and i wouldn't want it any other way.
  5. Jul 17, 2012
    8
    John Landis and John Belushi at their best! Whenever you see a movie about the fun and glamor of college life, chances are this movie inspiredJohn Landis and John Belushi at their best! Whenever you see a movie about the fun and glamor of college life, chances are this movie inspired it. This movie pioneered an entire sub-genre of comedy, but nobody has ever done it better. Animal House is one of those movies that's still just as funny today. Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    7
    Directed by John Landis, "Animal House" was one of the first comedies to break all of the rules of film. Meaning it featured an immoralDirected by John Landis, "Animal House" was one of the first comedies to break all of the rules of film. Meaning it featured an immoral premise, a heap of foul language, and almost gratuitous nudity. However, "Animal House" was a riot for me and it still maintains the title as one the comedies that defined a decade. John Belushi. . .that is all. Every scene involving John Belushi made me laugh hysterically, and other actors, including Tim Matheson, Stephen Furst, Tom Hulce, and Bruce McGill made this movie that much more enjoyable. This movie is an endless tornado of chaotic buffoonery - and it's awesome. Expand
  7. Aug 7, 2012
    7
    A funny movie this is. The acting is also pretty good, and a lot of the scenes are well directed, including the ones that aren't even funny.A funny movie this is. The acting is also pretty good, and a lot of the scenes are well directed, including the ones that aren't even funny. Though not as funny as I expected, it is still a good movie. Expand

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