Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 8 out of 14
  1. 38
    Unfortunately for the poor viewer trapped into sitting through this 95 minute mess, the humor is both conventional and unfunny, the script never takes any chances, and the ending is a cop-out.
  2. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    The story's not much, but this dark comedy contains moments of unexpected wit.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Although it falls far short of fulfilling its full potential as a dark comedy of desperation, Dead Man on Campus is a modestly amusing trifle that merits a passing grade as lightweight entertainment.
  4. The overall premise, involving mental illness and suicide, isn't all that funny, at least not in practice, and the picture begins to seem labored and long.
  5. Dead Man on Campus, a supposed black comedy produced by MTV, is simply awful.
  6. The product of a first-time director and writers who have no sense of scene structure or shape, or even a discernible sense of humour.
  7. 20
    A dark comedy caught in a white-light washout, it's neither mean enough to be funny, nor funny enough to mean much.
  8. As a satire of new-style collegiate types, this MTV production actually evinces a few germs of rancid wit.
  9. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    A predictably dumb movie made for very young audiences, playing to youth's love of excess and loaded with masturbation jokes.
  10. The bad news is that the opening credits, which make sick and darkly comic allusions to suicide, are the best thing about the film.
  11. 50
    This limp 1998 comedy tries hard to be both irreverent and ethical by suggesting that deceit motivated by self-interest is OK as long as no one gets hurt.
  12. 20
    The fault lies mostly with the writers, who consistently come up short on wit and imagination enough to finish, let alone flesh out or polish, a joke.
  13. 10
    It's all handled so poorly that it comes off as more ghoulish than anything else, although those who find the word "bong" instantly entertaining and are easily distracted by the presence of flickering images may be amused.
  14. Under Alan Cohn's straight-on direction, the film, written by various hands, huffs and puffs mightily just to keep a strenuously labored plot going.

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