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Based on 7 Reviews
critic reviews (7)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is vulgar, raunchy, ribald, and occasionally scatological. It is also the funniest comedy since Mel Brooks made "The Producers." show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    Rude, rough, tasteless, but often hilarious. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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] show more

  • 80
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 70
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    While the low comedy is undeniably effective, the film leaves behind a bad taste of snobbery and petty meanness. show more

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