• PG, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Stephen Kessler
    In Theaters:
    Feb 17, 1997 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 8, 1998


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Vegas Vacation Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

Despite Chevy Chase's decent effort trying to revive the Griswold franchise, VEGAS VACATION is just a big disappointment. This one could have just premiered on TV, as it resembles that sort of mediocrity.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 26, 2012
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Lame National Lampoon with usual innuendo, drinking.

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

December 14, 2010
Blake French

...the Griswolds bring down the house.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 2, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a bad sign when National Lampoon wants its name out of the title.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 21, 2009
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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The subplots involving D'Angelo and Newton and Ethan Embry -- the Griswolds' son, who can't stop winning -- have their charms.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 21, 2009
Todd McCarthy
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A tepid fourth entry in the popular 1980s series that is decidedly showing its age.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

The fourth and weakest trip with the hapless Griswolds.

| Original Score: 2/5

October 6, 2005
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

A high colonic for the brain.

July 5, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Stay home!

| Original Score: 1/5

September 21, 2003
Bruce Walker
Washington Post
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I'll lay you 3-to-1 odds that by the end of this flick even fans will be thinking that this wasn't a trip worth taking.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 22, 2002
Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
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There is nothing more memorable about Vegas Vacation than the flatness of the writing in Elisa Bell's script and the uninspired direction of first-timer Stephen Kessler.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
Scott Renshaw

It's simply so lacking in attempts at humor that Chase might have had a better chance at coming up with a winner playing a slot machine.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Why, if [Chevy] Chase is such a funny guy, does he make such unfunny movies?

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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The film's only life is provided by Randy Quaid, back as Ellen's redneck cousin.

January 1, 2000

Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's not really awful - it's just dull.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

The central idea of the series -- even normal families aren't normal -- apparently isn't completely exhausted yet. I'm surprised at how much I liked this film.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Full of jokes that fall flat.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
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The first half hour in particular is clogged with wheezing routines that appear to have no punchlines.

January 1, 2000
Sean Means
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Chase unrolls his tired collection of mugs and stumbles, while some truly funny performers - particularly Sid Caesar and the usually reliable Wallace Shawn - are wasted in do-nothing roles.

January 1, 2000
Pat Kramer
Boxoffice Magazine

So far from funny it's actually painful to sit through.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
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