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Johnson Family Vacation Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2004
Vacations are supposed to make you feel better, and Johnson Family Vacation does just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2004
Johnson Family Vacation is no groundbreaker, but it's an easygoing, earthy comedy that's a good showcase for the robust comic gifts of Cedric the Entertainer.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 7, 2004
A surprisingly family-friendly comedy.
| Original Score: B-
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 7, 2004
Mild in both humor and impact, this well-cast comedy should provide welcome diversion during the holidays for audiences looking for a somewhat lighter experience than the crucifixion of Christ or the massacre at the Alamo.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 31, 2004
A good-spirited comedy filled with likeable characters, it warms the heart while it tickles the funny bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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