Hot Rod - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hot Rod Reviews

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August 20, 2007
More like Lukewarm Rod.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 19, 2007
Samberg proves to be less than big screen-ready (hardly surprising, given his most notable SNL work has come in music video shorts and not any sketch work).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
August 18, 2007
Even the funny bits are ruined by overemphasis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
August 16, 2007
Andy Samberg is tolerable in a 90-second Digital Short on Saturday Night Live, but very, very far from tolerable in a 90-minute feature film.
| Original Score: 2/10
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
August 13, 2007
While certainly not on the same sub-level as the other SNL flicks, Hot Rod is more like 25% inspired weirdness and 75% recycled stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 11, 2007
Uneven but often funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
August 10, 2007
"Hot Rod" suggests what "Napoleon Dynamite" might have looked like under the direction of Hal Needham
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 10, 2007
At times, "Hot Rod" seems to park itself on the viewer's head and refuse to budge until it gets a laugh. And it does, sometimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 10, 2007
...cheap and clumsy...
| Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 9, 2007
We know from the Lazy Sunday bits Samberg's a funny guy, but he doesn't have enough to work with here.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 5, 2007
Truly funny, even though most viewers (who are as much the movie's targets as the characters we see onscreen) just aren't going to get it.
| Original Score: 73/100
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 5, 2007
There really is a fine line between clever and stupid, and the Hot Rod guys are on the wrong side of it.
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 5, 2007
Started to go bad about the time someone in casting said, "You know what? I'll bet America is just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek."
| Original Score: 1/4
Jesse Hassenger
Filmcritic.com
August 4, 2007
The movie may be a bizarre goof, but the effort -- second-hand material included -- is utterly sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pete Hammond
Maxim
August 4, 2007
If this film somehow manages to become a hit it will be a bigger feat than ANYTHING this dumb dude tries on screen!
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
August 4, 2007
A silly, sputtering, goofball comedy gone gooey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
August 4, 2007
Samberg's debut feature shows real promise for the rising star, and though Hot Rod isn't for everyone, it is a nice reminder that a movie doesn't necessarily have to be good to be enjoyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
August 4, 2007
It's sad when the most interesting part of a film is a dream sequence involving a large taco fighting an equally massive grilled cheese sandwich.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 3, 2007
As messy and as playful as a box of puppies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 3, 2007
Blissfully liberated from logic and reason, it plays by its own twisted rules and, surprisingly, comes up a winner.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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