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Johnson Family Vacation Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2007
This is a real mess, with out-of-focus shots and continuity lapses that suggest a production in chaos.
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 6, 2007
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 17, 2004
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 12, 2004
Big disappointment.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 9, 2004
Single-handedly saving a movie may be a tall order for a short-legged clown, but Cedric the Entertainer is the best (and probably only) reason to take this Vacation.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
April 9, 2004
This family vacation runs out of gas long before its destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 9, 2004
If laughs are the currency of any comedy, then this one pays minimum wage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2004
Vacations are supposed to make you feel better, and Johnson Family Vacation does just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 8, 2004
Sub-Griswold stuff.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
April 8, 2004
Johnson Family Vacation is simply a bad trip.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 8, 2004
It's a sign of trouble when watching a movie prompts nostalgia for the movie it's ripping off, particularly when that movie wasn't any good.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 7, 2004
A wheezing contraption, which strands Cedric the Entertainer behind the wheel and forces him to motor a collection of laugh-and-learn wacky situations by sheer force of his outsize charm.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 7, 2004
An African-American road trip that mostly squanders some very gifted performers.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 7, 2004
Moviegoers hankering for another installment in Chevy Chase's vacation series may get a quick fix from Johnson Family Vacation. Just don't expect the film to add anything to the time-worn vacation-from- hell genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 7, 2004
Passable, uninspired entertainment, as harmless as watching home movies of your own vacation -- and about as exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2004
A comedy with a couple of big laughs but many more missed opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2004
Apart from Williams' presence, director Christopher Erskin's feature debut isn't worth the price of submission.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 7, 2004
Johnson Family Vacation, a played-out spin on the old Chevy Chase Vacation movies, is one of those bombs that makes you sit and curse the darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 7, 2004
Things feel choppy and unfinished, and there are signs of desperate, post-production efforts to do a quick fix -- badly looped dialogue, awkwardly inserted closeups, too much music.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 7, 2004
Cedric the Entertainer stars in a long drive in search of a family comedy, which is found too late and amounts to too little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 7, 2004
I'd like to believe I could watch Cedric the Entertainer all day long. The tedious comedy Johnson Family Vacation puts a strain on that theory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 7, 2004
Johnson Family Vacation is one of those comedies where you keep waiting for the comedy to show up.
| Original Score: D-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 7, 2004
An uneasy collection of gags as flat as roadkill and insincere sentimentality, Johnson Family Vacation appears to have been thrown together like a teenage boy packing a suitcase on the night before a trip he never wanted to take in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 7, 2004
The few funny bits confirm an old adage: See the trailer, skip the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
April 7, 2004
The film does have some funny moments, but they don't come consistently.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 7, 2004
A routine cross-country comedy that feels exactly like a series of adventures recycled out of every other cross-country comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 7, 2004
Boring, mediocre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 7, 2004
A surprisingly family-friendly comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 7, 2004
The jokes tend to be as broad as they are familiar, and the movie feels too much like a retread of the National Lampoon Vacation movies.
| Original Score: D+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 7, 2004
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.
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David Ng
Village Voice
April 6, 2004
Like Bow Wow's exasperated upstart, you too will be asking, 'Are we there yet?' not 20 minutes in.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 6, 2004
[Doesn't have] anything on its tiny mind besides cheap laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4