National Lampoon's Van Wilder - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

National Lampoon's Van Wilder Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
The grossest, most disgusting humor imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Rude, crude, obnoxious, disgusting, and unfunny...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Foundas
August 8, 2008
Strangely likable and only about half as puerile as the average MTV reality series.
Scott Weinberg
December 2, 2006
I know it's harder to write good jokes than it is rotten ones, but based on what's displayed here, it doesn't seem like the effort was even made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
There's one saving grace: Reynolds may look a lot like NL's Chevy Chase, but, hey, he's actually quite likeable.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...I will admit to having chuckled at an Erik Estrada cameo...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
March 13, 2003
Compare it to the recent Cameron Diaz-starring disaster The Sweetest Thing and you'll reckon it deserves an Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Mainly a collection of dumb sight gags, gross-out jokes, and comic sex, with a dull-as-dishwater premise and a spotty cast list.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Heather Wadowski
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
While Van Wilder may not be the worst National Lampoon film, it's far from being this generation's Animal House.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Writers Brent Goldberg and David Wagner apparently saw no reason to bother with anything so sophisticated as, say, story or characters.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
October 6, 2002
The film is all over the place, really. It dabbles all around, never gaining much momentum.
| Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
October 2, 2002
Ho hum. Another week, another grossout teen comedy.
October 2, 2002
The filmmakers use the fact they are making a film about underachieving as an excuse to do just that and Van Wilder, while aspiring to be Ferris Bueller, comes off more like Grange Hill's Roland Browning
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 9, 2002
Strangely comes off as a kingdom more mild than wild.
Simon Wardell
September 9, 2002
Enthusiastically taking up the current teen movie concern with bodily functions, Walt Becker's film pushes all the demographically appropriate comic buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 9, 2002
Its gross-out gags and colorful set pieces... are of course stultifyingly contrived and too stylized by half. Still, it gets the job done -- a sleepy afternoon rental.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 25, 2002
What more can be expected from a college comedy that's target audience hasn't graduated from junior high school?
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Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
August 19, 2002
You'll likely hate yourself for laughing, but laugh you will.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
While it may look like any other campus comedy at first glance, Van Wilder is actually different from the rest, with its refreshing, fun-filled and wacky script.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
An uneven mix of National Lampoon-style high jinks (yes, it feels slightly dated) and Farrelly-brothers touches tossed in for gross measure.
| Original Score: C
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