National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Reviews

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Top Critic

Hollywood Reporter
December 2, 2014
In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase's family Christmas tree is a little full with a lot of sap, much like this movie. But it's a big-hearted fullness and it's a smoothly stirred sap.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 7, 2011
[A] fairly perfect blend... of cartoon violence and mayhem and the pleasant lightness of a Christmas movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 25, 2009
John Hughes wrote the screenplay for this silly, warm little guilty pleasure that nails most of the trials and tribulations of spending the holidays with family.

TV Guide
November 27, 2007
With enough sight gags to please slapstick fans and enough good-natured Christmas cheer to qualify as a good holiday film, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation should keep most viewers occupied and provide 97 minutes of goofy entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
November 27, 2007
Solid family fare with plenty of yocks.
Chuck O'Leary
October 9, 2005
Easily the funniest of the four Vacation movies. Just try keeping a straight face when the uncouth Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) is on screen.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
August 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 26, 2005
hilarious, a classic
| Original Score: 4/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 3, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 17, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 5, 2004
The best of the four "Vacation" movies.
Full Review| Original Score: B+
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 27, 2003
The ultimate family holiday film, playing on both the heart strings and the horror to capture a genuine Christmas spirit.
Christopher Null
September 26, 2003
the last funny installment of the series
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Bowers
Kansas City Star
August 29, 2003
Haven't watched it in awhile, but I remember it well and I remember enjoying it. One of the better Vacation movies (Vegas Vacation is still the best, though).
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
Amusing Chase vehicle on its way to being a Xmas perennial.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 18, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
The human frailty at the center of the story makes the jokes all the funnier. Holiday films are rarely as priceless.
| Original Score: 4/5
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