National Lampoon's Vacation Reviews

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Joanna Berry
Radio Times
August 24, 2014
Director Harold Ramis, who went on to make Groundhog Day, keeps the silliness coming at a fast and furious pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 2, 2013
Thanks largely to Chevy Chase's zaniness and comic timing this is a very funny movie.
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
July 31, 2013
The humor in Vacation also taps into something beyond the trials and travails of a road trip gone wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
May 31, 2013
National Lampoon's Vacation is a comedic cross-country adventure like no other, thanks to Chevy Chase and the rest of the Griswold family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
CraveOnline
May 25, 2013
The Griswolds are a national treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 9 out of 10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
May 21, 2013
A timeless comedy. Hysterical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 16, 2011
A perfect marriage of collaborators on both sides of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Funny family comedy, but dated and risque.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 9, 2010
Though lacking in narrative and comic sophistication, National Lampoon's Vacation has something arguably more important: built-in, instant audience identification. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 8, 2010
...a zany, lighthearted look at numbskull American tourism at its most chaotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 7, 2008
Funny, though often obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
May 7, 2008
National Lampoon's Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
Despite plenty of gross-out gags and dumb slapstick bits, the careful viewer can occasionally detect some acrid and original satire in this 1983 film.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 19, 2006
This boasts a great cast from start to finish, but the funniest moments in this film for me invariably come from Randy Quaid, who plays Chase's dumb country cousin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Rayner
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The result is not so much a comedy about American values as a 2,500 mile skid on a banana skin. The visual gags come thick and fast, and are about as subtly signposted as the exit markers on a freeway.
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 24, 2006
Chevy Chase is hilarious once again.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
There are plenty of funny moments in this comedy that introduced the world to bumbling everyman Clark Griswold. The second best in the series after Christmas Vacation.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jamey Codding
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
Relive some of your own dreadful family vacation moments with National Lampoon's comedy classic, Vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 26, 2005
sublimely silly
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 16, 2004
Funny Griswold adventures. Don't forget Aunt Edna's dog!
| Original Score: 5/5
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