• PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Christopher Erskin
    In Theaters:
    Apr 7, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 10, 2004
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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Johnson Family Vacation Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Vacations are supposed to make you feel better, and Johnson Family Vacation does just that.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Johnson Family Vacation is no groundbreaker, but it's an easygoing, earthy comedy that's a good showcase for the robust comic gifts of Cedric the Entertainer.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A surprisingly family-friendly comedy.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

April 7, 2004
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Mild in both humor and impact, this well-cast comedy should provide welcome diversion during the holidays for audiences looking for a somewhat lighter experience than the crucifixion of Christ or the massacre at the Alamo.

April 7, 2004
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

A good-spirited comedy filled with likeable characters, it warms the heart while it tickles the funny bone.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2004
Beth Pratt
Common Sense Media

This charmless movie not for children.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2011
Cole Smithey

Mechanical performances by Vanessa Williams and Bow Wow, as Nate's musically inclined son, impair Cedric's earnest comedic efforts in this spasmodic comedy.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

May 4, 2009
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Several laugh-out-loud moments are scattered throughout this otherwise dumb-and-gets-even-dumber African-American road trip.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This is a real mess, with out-of-focus shots and continuity lapses that suggest a production in chaos.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 6, 2007
David Germain
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 6, 2007
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 2, 2005
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

I really wanted to like this movie, especially since I'm a fan of Cedric the Entertainer.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 3/10

February 5, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...Cedric the Entertainer simply cannot act.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

August 17, 2004
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

Too many jokes fall flat and a number of promising set-ups ... wind up going nowhere.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 8, 2004
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

We can only generously call it a pale imitation of National Lampoon's Vacation

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 0.5/4

August 3, 2004
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

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.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 1/5

May 5, 2004
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

It really wasn't as funny as it could of been or should have been.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review

April 18, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 17, 2004
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Eighties nostalgia has seeped so far into our pop-cultural landscape, it's starting to feel like VH1 took over the movie studios.

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April 16, 2004
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor

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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

April 15, 2004
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