• R, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Walt Becker
    In Theaters:
    Apr 5, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 20, 2002
  • Artisan Entertainment


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National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Party Liaison) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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When it comes to collegiate humor, nobody goes lowbrow like our friends at the Lampoon.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 4, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Uncouth, unfunny and sloppily edited, National Lampoon's Van Wilder is a mediocre college sex comedy ...

Full Review | Original Score: C-

July 31, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Laughter for me was such a physical impossibility during National Lampoon's Van Wilder that had I not been pledged to sit through the film, I would have lifted myself up by my bootstraps and fled.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

April 5, 2002
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 1/5

April 6, 2002
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

The grossest, most disgusting humor imaginable.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

December 26, 2010
Scott Weinberg

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 Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 2, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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... Tara Reid plays a college journalist, but she looks like the six-time winner of the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Pageant, so I don't know what she's doing in here ...

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 8, 2002
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 0.5/5

June 13, 2002
Eric D. Snider

Not exaggerated enough to be a parody of gross-out flicks, college flicks, or even flicks in general. It merely indulges in the worst elements of all of them.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D-

April 5, 2002
Brian Orndorf

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 1/10

April 8, 2002
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

It's just more of the same.

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

April 8, 2002
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Imagine Animal House with the unfunny Chevy Chase in the lead, instead of either Matheson, John Belushi or Tom Hulce, and you've pretty much nailed the biggest problem with this evil incarnation.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/5

April 5, 2002
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The movie ends with outtakes in which most of the characters forget their lines and just utter 'uhhh,' which is better than most of the writing in the movie.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

April 5, 2002
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Rude, crude, obnoxious, disgusting, and unfunny...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 1/4

April 29, 2009
Erik Childress

Even Vegas Vacation was wise enough to distance itself from the humorists responsible for such comedy landmarks as Loaded Weapon 1, Senior Trip and Golf Punks.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 0.5/4

April 4, 2002
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star

Once upon a time, anything associated with the name "National Lampoon" generated as many chuckles as a can of nitrous oxide. Now the effect is more like a laxative.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 1/4

April 5, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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[A] painfully flat gross-out comedy ...

| Original Score: 0.5/5

March 15, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Unofficially, National Lampoon's Van Wilder is Son of Animal House. Officially, it is twice as bestial but half as funny.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2002
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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This movie, a certain scene in particular, brought me uncomfortably close to losing my lunch.

| Original Score: 1/5

April 5, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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This is the sort of low-grade dreck that usually goes straight to video --with a lousy script, inept direction, pathetic acting, poorly dubbed dialogue and murky cinematography, complete with visible boom mikes.

| Original Score: 0/4

April 5, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 30, 2002
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August 17, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
August 16, 2002
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Scott Foundas
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April 5, 2002

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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January 26, 2006
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