100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is vulgar, raunchy, ribald, and occasionally scatological. It is also the funniest comedy since Mel Brooks made "The Producers."
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88

TV Guide

Rude, rough, tasteless, but often hilarious.
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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]
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80

Variety

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.
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80

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
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.
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70

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
While the low comedy is undeniably effective, the film leaves behind a bad taste of snobbery and petty meanness.
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70

Time

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.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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