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RV (2006)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 121
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 93

An unoriginal and only occasionally funny family road-trip movie, RV is a mediocre effort that not even the charisma of Robin Williams can save.

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 29

An unoriginal and only occasionally funny family road-trip movie, RV is a mediocre effort that not even the charisma of Robin Williams can save.

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A white-collar workaholic deceptively persuades his family to forgo their much-anticipated Hawaiian vacation for a cross-country road trip in a fully loaded RV, during which they discover the true meaning of family bonding, in Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld's family-friendly road comedy starring Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels, and Cheryl Hines. Bob Munro (Williams) is overworked and overstressed, and though his proposal to hit the road with his wife and two children at first sounds like a

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Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy

Geoff Rodkey

Aug 15, 2006

$71.4M

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All Critics (128) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (93) | DVD (14)

Not unbearably terrible, just thoroughly mediocre.

June 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Robin Williams tricks us into believing he can control his inner maniac beyond the film's first 15 minutes; when he fails, any hopes of RV going off-formula are dashed.

May 6, 2006
New York Times
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Outsized huckster idiocy...

May 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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In RV, the downwardly spiraling career trajectories of Robin Williams and director Barry Sonnenfeld intertwine like the ropes of a tangled parachute.

May 2, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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It probably sounded like a swell idea in the pitch meeting.

May 2, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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RV works up an ingratiating sweetness that partially compensates for its blunt predictability and meager laughs.

May 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Robin Williams hasn't been this funny in many moons.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comments (2)
ColeSmithey.com

A disappointment for both Robin Williams and Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld, this vacation-from-hell plotline quickly grows tedious

July 23, 2008
Screendaily

...never quite as bad as it probably should have been...

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

A genuinely terrific main cast makes it all work within the confines of its all-ages intent.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There are some sequences where you will love the characters and others where you can't stand them. Hmm, maybe RV is close to the real thing after all.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

i really hated it

August 16, 2006 | Comment (1)

This is an ugly, desperate, witless little movie that, even if you happen to like it, will evaporate from your memory in the time it takes to flip the channel.

August 13, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

When it comes to this road-trip comedy, the question isn't 'Are we there yet?' It's: 'Is it over yet?'

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Buzzine Magazine
Buzzine Magazine

Surprisingly palatable family comedy...

August 7, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Williams' virtuoso hijinking and Daniels' Huggy Bearish bonhomie save this from complete ignominy, but we've seen it all before.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Of course, it all winds up with absurdly contrived lessons about family bonding, including a climactic soliloquy by Williams that's barely short of laughable.

June 12, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

If the words "Robin Williams family comedy" strike terror into your heart, then you may be pleasantly surprised by RV, because for once he's not playing a blubbering man-child.

June 8, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

RV is a well written comedy and welcome evidence of Williams' talent as a comic actor.

June 6, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Far more silly than sublime, but it has its moments.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Williams simply can't do much of anything with the forced and recycled material other than occasionally say 'my bad.' Indeed.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

RV travels the comic highways similar to those driven by National Lampoon's Vacation's Griswolds, but the insufferable Munros leave us wishing they'd befall a fate more like that of the stranded family in The Hills Have Eyes.

May 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

None of the four leads are particularly interesting ... [and Robin Williams'] performance is disheartening

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

If Robin Williams is seeking a return to comedy glory, RV is not the vehicle that will take him there.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

A family film that is only sporadically funny.

May 12, 2006 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for RV

Badly written, predictable, miscast, seen-it-all-before waste of time. I can't remember laughing once. None of the characters had any consistency apart from the fact that they all contradicted themselves at least once during the film. Why cast Robin Williams in a slap-stick role? He is a speaking comedian, not a physical one. I guess he signed on the dotted line during one of his spells 'Off the Wagon'.
September 2, 2013
SirPant

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Without my little review here sounding too cliched this film could be and pretty much is a sequel to the classic Chevy Chase vehicles 'National Lampoon's'.

Its pretty much a by the numbers light hearted comedy set in the wilderness as Robin Williams tries to give his family a fun packed vacation and spent more time with them. Despite being very very predictable and completely unoriginal the film is actually quite amusing and very watchable.

Yes you know what will happen with every setup and yes Williams is being his own 'Clarke Griswold' but damn it its fun. Williams is a likeable fun guy and the family casting isn't too bad either, Hutcherson as a body building obsessed wannabe 'homie' is actually quite funny but Jeff Daniels as the slightly religious, thick tashed rodeo type does grate, his character and family I guess are the 'cousin Eddie' n co of the plot.

Sonnenfeld is a good director of family films and he does a fine job here it has to be said even if the film is nothing new.
March 30, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

R.V is a fairly enjoyable comedy. I didn't expect that the film would be funny, entertaining or good for that matter. But I was pleasantly surprised. Robin Williams and Jeff Daniels are great here, and it's what makes this film work. R.V. is underrated and has good laughs because of the lead. Robin Williams is always a pleasure to watch on-screen, and in this film he brings on good laughs. R.V. is lot of fun, and is a good comedy for what it is. I enjoyed the film, and found that there were some good comedy bits here and there. R.V isn't a great film, but it's far from an awful film. The film is a good for what it is, and it's lots of fun. The film is entertaining and though it's nothing great, I think the film isn't as bad as what many people have claimed it to be. R.V. is an entertaining film that has a decent cast with a good lead, and Robin Williams definitely makes this film work. I enjoyed the film, and It's far better than what many people have claimed it to be. This a fun film to watch, and is underrated in my opinion. The film is much better than you might think. Of course, it's not a perfect comedy, but it definitely is a good one. I've seen worse films than this. R.V. has a good cast that keeps the jokes rolling, and the fact that Robin Williams stars in this is what really makes this film work. A good, fun and entertaining comedy film that shouldn't easily be dismissed.
October 23, 2011
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