Hot Rod Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 28, 2014
People like me who are fans of sophomoric humor, it's a hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Awesomely dumb slapstick is for teens and adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
What works, wonderfully, are the falls, the punch-outs (his brawls with Stepdad are brutal throw-downs) and waiting for that next accident to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2008
Hot Rod emerges as a daffy, dorky summer surprise, a silly comedy of non sequiturs that feels like a cockeyed collaboration between Will Ferrell and Mel Brooks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 18, 2008
...comes off as precisely the sort of silly and nonsensical piece of work that one might've expected...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
Cell phones, the Internet, '80s fashion and '70s style are all thrown together for a winning combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 9, 2007
It's a simple comedy that tries to be nothing but. At times it is simple hilarity, other times it's a little too "Napoleon Dynamite" for its own good.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 29, 2007
Silly but funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
September 28, 2007
Well worth checking out, then, if you like your comedy supremely silly, but ultimately memorable only as a series of great skits mixed in with some dead patches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 27, 2007
Dumb comedy in the Napoleon Dynamite mould with a better-than-average gag rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Arendt
BBC.com
September 25, 2007
Though it's as disposable as a plastic razor, Hot Rod is not without a few good yuks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 29, 2007
Through Hot Rod's manic weirdness, its take on young suburban males is completely authentic. It's the summer's happiest screen comedy.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 11, 2007
Uneven but often funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 5, 2007
Truly funny, even though most viewers (who are as much the movie's targets as the characters we see onscreen) just aren't going to get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
Jesse Hassenger
Filmcritic.com
August 4, 2007
The movie may be a bizarre goof, but the effort -- second-hand material included -- is utterly sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
August 4, 2007
Samberg's debut feature shows real promise for the rising star, and though Hot Rod isn't for everyone, it is a nice reminder that a movie doesn't necessarily have to be good to be enjoyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 3, 2007
Blissfully liberated from logic and reason, it plays by its own twisted rules and, surprisingly, comes up a winner.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 3, 2007
...hands-down the funniest, laugh till you cry and your cheeks hurt comedy of the year
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
August 3, 2007
Hot Rod is probably going to be like Billy Madison where it grows on me after multiple viewings.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 3, 2007
There's a pretty good chance you'll find at least some of it pretty funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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