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Johnson Family Vacation Reviews

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Beth Pratt
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
This charmless movie not for children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
May 4, 2009
Mechanical performances by Vanessa Williams and Bow Wow, as Nate's musically inclined son, impair Cedric's earnest comedic efforts in this spasmodic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Several laugh-out-loud moments are scattered throughout this otherwise dumb-and-gets-even-dumber African-American road trip.
| Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2007
This is a real mess, with out-of-focus shots and continuity lapses that suggest a production in chaos.
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 6, 2007
Packing all the tired trappings of the raunchy road-trip genre, this loutish comedy plays out as a loosely threaded collection of shrill jokes and cliched sight gags.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 5, 2005
I really wanted to like this movie, especially since I'm a fan of Cedric the Entertainer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 17, 2004
...Cedric the Entertainer simply cannot act.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Too many jokes fall flat and a number of promising set-ups ... wind up going nowhere.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
August 3, 2004
We can only generously call it a pale imitation of National Lampoon's Vacation
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
May 5, 2004
Find one stereotype and stick to it. Don't confuse the audience by trying to be Wayne Brady and Bernie Mac in the same movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
April 18, 2004
It really wasn't as funny as it could of been or should have been.
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Stephanie Zacharek
April 17, 2004
The direction on Johnson Family Vacation is numbingly slack; the synapses between the scenes don't spark effortlessly, as they should, and the whole enterprise feels dragged-down and belabored.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 16, 2004
Eighties nostalgia has seeped so far into our pop-cultural landscape, it's starting to feel like VH1 took over the movie studios.
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M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
April 15, 2004
Family of Five in Search of a Script might be a better title, but this road picture gets better as it goes along, and the upbeat ending redeems it considerably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 14, 2004
A shambles like this just oozes contempt for both its performers and its audience -- something that's even more unfunny than the movie itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
April 13, 2004
Plays out like the pilot episode for a sitcom that no network picked up.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 12, 2004
Before the opening credits had ended, I was counting down the minutes until I could get back to scraping old tile adhesive off my kitchen floor.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 12, 2004
Big disappointment.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 12, 2004
The humor runs out of gas after about 30 minutes.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2004
As bad and unfunny as the material is, it's matched neck-and-neck by bad and unfunny performances from Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Solange Knowles, Shannon Elizabeth, and the generally reliable Steve Harvey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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