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Hot Rod Reviews

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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
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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
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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.
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 3, 2007
Samberg can't carry this, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, Jackass-style wipeouts.
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Tony Wong
Toronto Star
August 3, 2007
Imagine a Stand by Me on wheels, with dialogue spoken by 20-something actors instead of 12-year-olds, and you have the essence of the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 3, 2007
There's something that seems almost important about this picture. The creators have harnessed everything that's good about YouTube, and translated it into a big-screen movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 3, 2007
A perfect storm of absurdist sight gags and sketch-comedy consciousness. Somewhere in there is the wobbly shape of a story, which Schaffer and company stretch to its limits without entirely losing the movie's cartoonish premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 3, 2007
There is nothing remotely 'worthwhile' in this mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 3, 2007
Most of the jokes either drag on endlessly or are cut short without a real punch line.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 3, 2007
With a little help from his friends, [Samberg] has landed his jump with ease the first time on the ramp. Rod would love it. Hells yeah.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 3, 2007
Consistently laugh-aloud funny, a guilty chucklefest of ridiculous stunts, gleeful pummelings and questionable jokes that looks as if it were made by high school buddies who had a few weeks to kill.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 3, 2007
Director Akiva Schaffer apparently thinks that by adding stupid stunts to the formula, Hot Rod also can attract the Jackass crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 3, 2007
It's funny pretty much all the way through, even in the final showdown between Rod and his stepdad. I have seen countless movie fights that stagger the imagination, but this one goes over the top and comes down on the other side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 3, 2007
As a director, Schaffer has a cool, punchy style, but his full-length movie dead-ends. The flavor runs out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
August 3, 2007
The film steals one of the best laughs of Jon Heder's surprise 2004 hit, the scene where Napoleon nosedives over a bicycle jump, and stretches the gag into an 86-minute movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 3, 2007
The film's low-key Wayne's World vibe takes it only so far. I laughed, then I wished it was funnier, then I just wished it would end.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 3, 2007
Hot Rod might be called the poor man's Eagle vs. Shark. Poor certainly describes the quality of the filmmaking.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Susan Carpenter
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2007
Chock-full of references to bad teen movies from the '80s and saturated with sarcasm, Hot Rod is a cheekily fun sendup of Gen X iconography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2007
Some hilarity does, in fact, ensue, but the laughs are interspersed with long stretches of dead air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 2, 2007
Hot Rod is a fresh, hip take on the Bumbling Idiot genre that made Will Ferrell a superstar, and Samberg throws himself into the role with an amiable mix of birthday-entertainer goofiness and klutzy bravado.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2007
A mashup of the random violence of Adam Sandler movies with the dimwittage of Will Ferrell's - and lacking the charms of both - Hot Rod never establishes its own personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 2, 2007
Still, Hot Rod keeps a sweet tone that's filled with affection for its characters, and enough laughs to become this summer's most mildly recommendable comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
August 2, 2007
Wait until the best parts pop up on YouTube.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 2, 2007
There's no question Samberg has a future in movie comedy, but this caper amounts to a false start.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 2, 2007
There are perhaps 10 to 15 minutes of good, gag-worthy material here stretched out to interminable lengths.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 1, 2007
Andy Samberg falls down a lot in this high-concept, low-witted comedy.
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David Fear
Time Out
August 1, 2007
Samberg's penchant for subversively silly asides certainly hints that he's capable of being more than a Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler clone. Now he just needs to find a film that won't fall apart around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Peter Debruge
Variety
June 30, 2007
Those hoping for feature-length doses of Samberg's Lazy Sunday wit will have to settle for just plain lazy, as Hot Rod aims low and still manages to miss its target.