Hot Rod Reviews

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Pete Hammond
Maxim
August 4, 2007
If this film somehow manages to become a hit it will be a bigger feat than ANYTHING this dumb dude tries on screen!
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 2, 2007
Dementedly random moments make up for some of the more sluggish, thuggish elements.
| Original Score: C
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
The results are barely worth an illegal download.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
August 13, 2007
While certainly not on the same sub-level as the other SNL flicks, Hot Rod is more like 25% inspired weirdness and 75% recycled stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 3, 2007
A lasting problem with so many SNL-populated movies is the ingrown clubbiness of its humor -- the suggestion, whether overt or implied, that comedy is nothing more than a funny idea flogged to death by a fraternity of late-night wags.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
July 31, 2007
Silly at best, stupid at worst, and surprisingly unfunny overall, Hot Rod is a classic example of what's wrong with 'SNL.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 9, 2007
We know from the Lazy Sunday bits Samberg's a funny guy, but he doesn't have enough to work with here.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 2, 2007
You can actually see the actors straining to figure out how to play this stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 2, 2007
Hot Rod is further proof that the primary aspiration of the male SNL cast member is to make 90-minute sketch films about dense man-children who can't or refuse to grow up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
August 2, 2007
[Samberg] falls a lot in Hot Rod, but this stuntman farce simply isn't worth falling for.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 10, 2007
...cheap and clumsy...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 5, 2007
Started to go bad about the time someone in casting said, "You know what? I'll bet America is just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
October 20, 2007
It remains nothing more than the silliness of Napoleon Dynamite (only not nearly as offbeat) combined with the failed stunts of Jackass (only not nearly as dangerous to the star).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
August 1, 2007
The movie resorts to ripping off gags and jokes from other people and doesn't seem to be able to come up with anything on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2007
If you're looking for plausibility, this is not your movie. If you're looking for laughs, this is not your movie. If you like seeing delusional overgrown adolescents fall down a lot, then this one's for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
August 10, 2007
"Hot Rod" suggests what "Napoleon Dynamite" might have looked like under the direction of Hal Needham
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 3, 2007
Samberg and Schaffer just didn't provide enough gas for this groaning moped of a movie, and it fizzles out before Rod even gets to the ramp.
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
August 3, 2007
So lazy and so void of even the most rudimentary sense of storytelling that it showers the viewer with contempt...I've never felt as abused by a filmmaker as I did in Hot Rod.
| Original Score: 0/4
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
August 4, 2007
It's sad when the most interesting part of a film is a dream sequence involving a large taco fighting an equally massive grilled cheese sandwich.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
August 4, 2007
A silly, sputtering, goofball comedy gone gooey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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