National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Reviews

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Hollywood Reporter
December 2, 2014
In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase's family Christmas tree is a little full with a lot of sap, much like this movie. But it's a big-hearted fullness and it's a smoothly stirred sap.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 7, 2011
[A] fairly perfect blend... of cartoon violence and mayhem and the pleasant lightness of a Christmas movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 25, 2009
John Hughes wrote the screenplay for this silly, warm little guilty pleasure that nails most of the trials and tribulations of spending the holidays with family.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 27, 2007
With enough sight gags to please slapstick fans and enough good-natured Christmas cheer to qualify as a good holiday film, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation should keep most viewers occupied and provide 97 minutes of goofy entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 27, 2007
Solid family fare with plenty of yocks.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
October 9, 2005
Easily the funniest of the four Vacation movies. Just try keeping a straight face when the uncouth Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) is on screen.
| Original Score: 8/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 26, 2005
hilarious, a classic
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 5, 2004
The best of the four "Vacation" movies.
Full Review| Original Score: B+
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 27, 2003
The ultimate family holiday film, playing on both the heart strings and the horror to capture a genuine Christmas spirit.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 3, 2003
...a roller-coaster ride of hilarity, poignancy, vulgarity, and just plain dumbness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 26, 2003
the last funny installment of the series
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Bowers
Kansas City Star
August 29, 2003
Haven't watched it in awhile, but I remember it well and I remember enjoying it. One of the better Vacation movies (Vegas Vacation is still the best, though).
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
Amusing Chase vehicle on its way to being a Xmas perennial.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The new film does little more than reintroduce these familiar characters (with new actors playing the children, who would otherwise be college age by now) and let them get on one another's nerves in earnest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 9, 2003
There never, ever should've been more than one of these movies.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
The human frailty at the center of the story makes the jokes all the funnier. Holiday films are rarely as priceless.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ali Barclay
BBC.com
April 17, 2001
As always the visual gags are more prevalent then the verbal ones, and are lit up in neon so you can't miss them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 13, 2001
One of the great unanswered questions in Hollywood is how Chevy Chase still gets work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Many of those episodic moments, particularly in the film's first half, are hilarious. But as picture goes along there are far too many dry spells.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Sequence after sequence seems to contain all the necessary material, to be well on the way toward a payoff, and then it somehow doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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