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Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (Van Wilder 2) Reviews

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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
July 28, 2009
This is shocking only for its tepidness; except for some raunchy language, it's ready-made for basic cable.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 3, 2007
National Lampoon recycles countless collegiate comedies for this spin-off sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
February 3, 2007
Penn is capable of so much more.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 8, 2006
Granted, it's still ****, but with a sweeter odor than usual.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 6, 2006
Everything old is old again in this rickety extension of 2002's already rickety Van Wilder.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 4, 2006
Taj plays like a very bad combination of Revenge of the Nerds and Harry Potter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
December 4, 2006
Britain and India face off in National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, a strained attempt to transplant the American campus comedy to more uptight shores.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
December 4, 2006
Van Wilder 2's sense of numbing familiarity is not enhanced by director Mort Nathan's apparent unfamiliarity with the entire filmmaking process.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 4, 2006
Dude, where are my laughs?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 4, 2006
It's hard to fathom why this didn't go straight to video, or maybe even YouTube.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 4, 2006
Crikey, it's enough to give even stupid comedy a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
December 4, 2006
The four-years-in-the-making, badly recycled (not to mention awful) sequel might stain the honor of the Lampoon label if it hadn't already produced several even worse films.
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Rocco B. Colella
Boston Globe
December 4, 2006
The Rise of Taj is relatively pointless in the scheme of things, but refreshing in what it (mostly) doesn't resort to for laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 1, 2006
Penn, who also takes an executive producer credit here, wanders around halfheartedly attempting to make something amusing out of the limp shock-comedy antics, but it all just goes in one innuendo and out the other.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 1, 2006
As the movie itself is only occasionally entertaining, I invented my own competition: picking scenes from other movies that the Van Wilder 2 screenwriters ripped off because they didn't have any of their own ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 1, 2006
As the nerd sidekick to campus wildman Ryan Reynolds in the original film, Penn projected a geeky charm, but he's not equipped to play the lead in a well-constructed movie, let alone salvage this stunningly mediocre chain of skits.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 1, 2006
The Rise of Taj never rises to the level of time-killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 1, 2006
In this sequel to the 2002 campus comedy, Kal Penn spends much of the running time acting like Wilder I star Ryan Reynolds, which no actor with half a brain should be doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
December 1, 2006
This is the sort of film that thinks calling a beer a 'libation' is a form of wit.
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
November 30, 2006
The film's incompetence is not limited to the writing, acting and directing. There are jarring jump cuts and continuity errors, and a laugh-out-loud eyeline mishap during a supposedly intimate conversation. One keeps expecting a boom mike to peek out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5