National Lampoon's Van Wilder Reviews

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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 8, 2008
Strangely likable and only about half as puerile as the average MTV reality series.
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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.
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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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning gross-out gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
An effervescent campus gross-out comedy that's true to the amoral, anarchic spirit of Lampoon founder-editor and screenwriter Doug Kenney.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
June 1, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 8, 2002
... 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 ...
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 6, 2002
It has all the obligatory gross-out jokes you'd expect. But for every stupid gag involving half-naked women or uncontrollable bodily functions, there's a clever, laugh-out-loud line that sneaks up on you.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 5, 2002
Execrable.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 5, 2002
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 5, 2002
It's a tasteless, tacky movie full of cheap T&A.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2002
When it runs out of ways to be funny, Van Wilder resorts to schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 5, 2002
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2002
Smug and dumb as they come, it's a series of eruptive gross-out sketches tenuously linked by a romance plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
April 5, 2002
[Reynold's] boyish, sweet-natured comic appeal makes ''Van Wilder'' better than it has a right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 5, 2002
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 5, 2002
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 5, 2002
This movie, a certain scene in particular, brought me uncomfortably close to losing my lunch.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 4, 2002
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 4, 2002
When it comes to collegiate humor, nobody goes lowbrow like our friends at the Lampoon.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
April 4, 2002
What's lacking is the sense of structure that might have made Van Wilder more than a meandering succession of random gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 4, 2002
Van Wilder has a built-in audience, but only among those who are drying out from spring break and are still unconcerned about what they ingest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
April 4, 2002
The only thing keeping it from being a complete waste of time is the charismatic performance of Mr. Reynolds.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
April 4, 2002
The problem is not that it's all derivative, because plenty of funny movies recycle old tropes. The problem is that Van Wilder does little that is actually funny with the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 4, 2002
Is there really an army of teenagers out there pining for the cozy old anarchy of Animal House-era high jinks?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 1, 2002
For a film like this to work, the hero must be as charming as he is irrepressible, and Reynolds, star of the ABC series Two Guys and a Girl, fits the bill.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 15, 2002
[A] painfully flat gross-out comedy ...
| Original Score: 0.5/5