Caddyshack (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

Caddyshack (1980)



Critic Consensus: Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.

Movie Info

An elite country club has to deal with a brash new member and a gopher intent on destroying their beloved golf course.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Doyle Murray, Dave Thomas, Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures


Chevy Chase
as Ty Webb
Ted Knight
as Judge Smails
Bill Murray
as Carl Spackler
Michael O'Keefe
as Danny Noonan
Sarah Holcomb
as Maggie O'Hooligan
Scott Colomby
as Tony D'Annunzio
Cindy Morgan
as Lacey Underall
Dan Resin
as Dr. Beeper
Henry Wilcoxon
as Bishop Pickering
Elaine Aiken
as Mrs. Noonan
John F. Barmon Jr.
as Spaulding Smails
Kenneth Burritt
as Mr. Havercamp
Rebecca Burritt
as Mrs. Havercamp
Lois Kibbee
as Mrs. Smalls
Fred Buch
as Angry Husband
Frank Schuller
as Charlie the Cook
Mel Pape
as Butler
Scott Sudden
as Richard Richards
Jackie Davis
as Smoke Porterhouse
Thomas A. Carlin
as Sandy McFiddish
Minerva Scelza
as Joey D'Annunzio
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Critic Reviews for Caddyshack

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (6)

Caddyshack, a derelict farce that lurches about in search of hilarious possibilities among the members and employes of a country club, is the latest misbegotten spawn of National Lampoon's Animal House.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

The first-time director, Harold Ramis, can't hold it together: the picture lurches from style to style (including some ill-placed whimsy with a gopher puppet) and collapses somewhere between sitcom and sketch farce.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This vaguely likable, too-tame comedy falls short of the mark.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
Top Critic

If you're still at the age when farting and nose-picking seem funny, then Caddyshack should knock you dead.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Caddyshack never finds a consistent comic note of its own, but it plays host to all sorts of approaches from its stars, who sometimes hardly seem to be occupying the same movie.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

There is a plot to this enjoyably erratic comedy... But basically it's a framework on which the writers, two of whom (Harold Ramis and Douglas Kenney) are Animal House alumni, can hang vulgar, obvious, yet often amusing gags.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
People Magazine

Audience Reviews for Caddyshack

Kinda silly. Just okay. I was more invested in the realistic plot with the worldly cad and his ambitious caddy, played by suave Chevy Chase and earnest Michael O'Keefe, respectively, and not so much Bill Murray's garbled gopher-hunting.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Thirty-five years after it's original release, these comedians are pretty much in the gutter as far as comedies go. Sure, they may have popped up in the odd film to give a solid dramatic performance, or cameo in a comedy, but the real magic from seeing these actors on-screen just is not the same anymore. This timeless classic comedy may have some really hard hitting jokes, but I definitely do not believe it to be any one of these cast members' best films. What "Caddyshack" really is, is a showcase for these talented comedies to show the very best of what they can bring to Hollywood, however, this is a picture that is very thing in story and meatier in the gag department. Elements that are set up in the first act never really pay off, the jokes do wear thin by the end, and the conclusion is just a quick cap on the script once all the funniest bits were told. Honestly, I laughed very hard throughout this film, but there was a huge story somewhere inside that was not fully explored, and I was hoping for more. Sure, this film will always stand the test of time as one of the classic 80's comedies, but it is definitely not one of the best. I had an absolute blast watching this film and I highly recommend it to the slim number of people who have not seen it. "Caddyshack" is very good at what it does.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Shocking considering all the talent involved, but this comedy from the early 80s is barely watchable for the first time today. Maybe you had to be there, but then again other gem from that era have aged really well. Juvenile humor of the most embarrassing kind.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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