This charmless movie not for children.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mechanical performances by Vanessa Williams and Bow Wow, as Nate's musically inclined son, impair Cedric's earnest comedic efforts in this spasmodic comedy.
| Original Score: C
Several laugh-out-loud moments are scattered throughout this otherwise dumb-and-gets-even-dumber African-American road trip.
This is a real mess, with out-of-focus shots and continuity lapses that suggest a production in chaos.
Packing all the tired trappings of the raunchy road-trip genre, this loutish comedy plays out as a loosely threaded collection of shrill jokes and cliched sight gags.
I really wanted to like this movie, especially since I'm a fan of Cedric the Entertainer.
| Original Score: 3/10
...Cedric the Entertainer simply cannot act.
| Original Score: 1/4
Too many jokes fall flat and a number of promising set-ups ... wind up going nowhere.
We can only generously call it a pale imitation of National Lampoon's Vacation
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Find one stereotype and stick to it. Don't confuse the audience by trying to be Wayne Brady and Bernie Mac in the same movie.
| Original Score: 1/5
It really wasn't as funny as it could of been or should have been.
The direction on Johnson Family Vacation is numbingly slack; the synapses between the scenes don't spark effortlessly, as they should, and the whole enterprise feels dragged-down and belabored.
Eighties nostalgia has seeped so far into our pop-cultural landscape, it's starting to feel like VH1 took over the movie studios.
Family of Five in Search of a Script might be a better title, but this road picture gets better as it goes along, and the upbeat ending redeems it considerably.
| Original Score: 2/4
A shambles like this just oozes contempt for both its performers and its audience -- something that's even more unfunny than the movie itself.
Plays out like the pilot episode for a sitcom that no network picked up.
| Original Score: D-
Before the opening credits had ended, I was counting down the minutes until I could get back to scraping old tile adhesive off my kitchen floor.
| Original Score: 0/4
The humor runs out of gas after about 30 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/4
As bad and unfunny as the material is, it's matched neck-and-neck by bad and unfunny performances from Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Solange Knowles, Shannon Elizabeth, and the generally reliable Steve Harvey.