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

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 25, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Sequence after sequence seems to contain all the necessary material, to be well on the way toward a payoff, and then it somehow doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
February 13, 2001
One of the great unanswered questions in Hollywood is how Chevy Chase still gets work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Blackwelder
November 20, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 3, 2003
...a roller-coaster ride of hilarity, poignancy, vulgarity, and just plain dumbness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
May 11, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 9, 2003
There never, ever should've been more than one of these movies.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ali Barclay
April 17, 2001
As always the visual gags are more prevalent then the verbal ones, and are lit up in neon so you can't miss them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Many of those episodic moments, particularly in the film's first half, are hilarious. But as picture goes along there are far too many dry spells.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The new film does little more than reintroduce these familiar characters (with new actors playing the children, who would otherwise be college age by now) and let them get on one another's nerves in earnest.
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 6, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
August 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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Variety Staff
November 27, 2007
Solid family fare with plenty of yocks.
Christopher Null
September 26, 2003
the last funny installment of the series
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Christmas Vacation never quite reaches the levels of suburban-angst rage that other Vacation movies do, but it does have its moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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