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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 7, 2004
Johnson Family Vacation, a played-out spin on the old Chevy Chase Vacation movies, is one of those bombs that makes you sit and curse the darkness.
| Original Score: 1/5
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 7, 2004
A routine cross-country comedy that feels exactly like a series of adventures recycled out of every other cross-country comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 7, 2004
A soul-sucking extended sabbatical from humor, sanity and entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 12, 2004
Big disappointment.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 7, 2004
Johnson Family is, basically, National Lampoon's Vacation with darker skin and a better star. But the Lampoon movie had quite a bit of comedy happening around its star, and Johnson doesn't.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
April 7, 2004
Like impatient kids sitting in the back seat, the audience will likely be asking far too often, 'Are we there yet? Sadly, Cedric, the answer is no.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
April 7, 2004
A paralyzingly unfunny and desperate comedy. It dulls the senses and aggravates the mind. There hasn't been a movie this painful to watch since "The Passion of the Christ."
Full Review | Original Score: F
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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 7, 2004
Moviegoers hankering for another installment in Chevy Chase's vacation series may get a quick fix from Johnson Family Vacation. Just don't expect the film to add anything to the time-worn vacation-from- hell genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
April 11, 2004
...a punishing and weary family farce...the monotonous moments are as lost and aimless as a harried nomad with amnesia...the slapstick energy is undeniably mawkish
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
April 7, 2004
The star is funny, the movie isn't.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Willie Waffle
April 2, 2004
This movie is a flat, unfunny mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Blackwelder
April 6, 2004
Cedric does have a gift for rip-roaring line delivery no matter how insipid or embarrassing the dialogue...But there's just no way around the picture's sorry script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Susan Granger
April 7, 2004
Cedric the Entertainer is no Eddie Murphy. Rarely does this silly, disaster-prone, predictable story rise above gross mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 8, 2004
Tired and glib, it tries to milk humor from the sniping, sass and simple disrespect of its unpleasant traveling companions.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Gene Seymour
April 6, 2004
[Doesn't have] anything on its tiny mind besides cheap laughs.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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