Wet Hot American Summer Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
July 8, 2014
Hilarious but raunchy parody is filled with sex, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
William Goss
Film.com
July 28, 2011
The skewering of underdog sports clichés, horny teen staples and Vietnam-trauma melodrama is long overdue and perfectly irreverent in execution.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
This was always more or less destined to be a cult comedy, passed along enthusiastically on video/DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 22, 2007
Have a good summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 20, 2005
A dumb - and fitfully funny - send-up of an already dumb genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
October 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 30, 2003
Destined to become a clut classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
October 24, 2003
When the jokes work, they really work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Once you get into the flow with Wain and Showalter and understand what they're trying to do, the movie is pretty damn funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Ensemble spoof of '80s flicks such as Meatballs and Little Darlings is a camp comedy -- in more ways than one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
July 9, 2002
The funniest cinematic camp experience since Pugsley and Wednesday freaked everyone out with their rendition of the first Thanksgiving in "Addams Family Values."
| Original Score: 8/10
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
February 25, 2002
If ever a movie was destined for Dazed and Confused or Caddyshack status, Wet Hot American Summer is an obvious choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide
January 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 31, 2001
Likably silly.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 30, 2001
... harmless, amiably entertaining and completely pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 27, 2001
This sloppy comedy may be a pleasant reminder of days gone by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2001
A loving and meticulous re-creation of the last moment before American youth culture went permanently ironic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 25, 2001
A series of skits that range from flat-out hilarious to obligatory misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 7, 2001
First elicits chuckles ... then belly laughs as the action expands.
Top Critic
Dennis Harvey
Variety
May 20, 2008
Andrew Rodgers
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
September 17, 2001
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