• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Wain
    In Theaters:
    Jul 27, 2001 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 8, 2002
  • USA Films

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Wet Hot American Summer Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Hilarious but raunchy parody is filled with sex, profanity.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

July 8, 2014
William Goss
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The skewering of underdog sports clichés, horny teen staples and Vietnam-trauma melodrama is long overdue and perfectly irreverent in execution.

Full Review Source: Film.com

July 28, 2011
Rob Gonsalves

This was always more or less destined to be a cult comedy, passed along enthusiastically on video/DVD.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 23, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Have a good summer.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2007

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A dumb - and fitfully funny - send-up of an already dumb genre.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B-

June 20, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 4/5

October 30, 2004
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Destined to become a clut classic.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

December 30, 2003
Marcy Dermansky

When the jokes work, they really work.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2003
Ron Wells
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 8, 2002
James Rocchi

Ensemble spoof of '80s flicks such as Meatballs and Little Darlings is a camp comedy -- in more ways than one.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2002
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

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

July 9, 2002
Pete Croatto

If ever a movie was destined for Dazed and Confused or Caddyshack status, Wet Hot American Summer is an obvious choice.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2002
Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 75/100

January 22, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Likably silly.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

August 31, 2001
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... harmless, amiably entertaining and completely pointless.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

August 30, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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This sloppy comedy may be a pleasant reminder of days gone by.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 27, 2001
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A loving and meticulous re-creation of the last moment before American youth culture went permanently ironic.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

July 26, 2001
Harvey S. Karten

A series of skits that range from flat-out hilarious to obligatory misses.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 3/4

June 25, 2001
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

First elicits chuckles ... then belly laughs as the action expands.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 7, 2001
Dennis Harvey
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May 20, 2008
Andrew Rodgers
February 25, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
September 17, 2001
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