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Hot Rod Reviews

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

September 1, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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We know from the Lazy Sunday bits Samberg's a funny guy, but he doesn't have enough to work with here.

August 9, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

August 5, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Samberg can't carry this, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, Jackass-style wipeouts.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 3, 2007
Tony Wong
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2007
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2007
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There is nothing remotely 'worthwhile' in this mix.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Most of the jokes either drag on endlessly or are cut short without a real punch line.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 3, 2007
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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

August 3, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 3, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

August 3, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Director Akiva Schaffer apparently thinks that by adding stupid stunts to the formula, Hot Rod also can attract the Jackass crowd.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 3, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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As a director, Schaffer has a cool, punchy style, but his full-length movie dead-ends. The flavor runs out.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2007
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

August 3, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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

August 3, 2007
Susan Carpenter
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 2, 2007
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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Some hilarity does, in fact, ensue, but the laughs are interspersed with long stretches of dead air.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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

August 2, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1/4

August 2, 2007
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

August 2, 2007
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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Wait until the best parts pop up on YouTube.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

August 2, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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There's no question Samberg has a future in movie comedy, but this caper amounts to a false start.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 2, 2007
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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There are perhaps 10 to 15 minutes of good, gag-worthy material here stretched out to interminable lengths.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 2, 2007
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Andy Samberg falls down a lot in this high-concept, low-witted comedy.

August 1, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

August 1, 2007
Peter Debruge
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 30, 2007
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