National Lampoon's Vacation Reviews

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August 1, 2015
It's a pleasant diversion with a few memorable bits and a likable cast, but true comic invention is hard to locate in the meandering screenplay by the late John Hughes.
June 24, 2015
Half-baked but occasionally hilarious, National Lampoon's Vacation gets a reasonable amount of mileage out of depicting the disaster-prone journey of a "typical" family of four, the Griswolds of suburban Chicago.
August 24, 2014
Director Harold Ramis, who went on to make Groundhog Day, keeps the silliness coming at a fast and furious pace.
August 2, 2013
Thanks largely to Chevy Chase's zaniness and comic timing this is a very funny movie.
July 31, 2013
The humor in Vacation also taps into something beyond the trials and travails of a road trip gone wrong.
May 31, 2013
National Lampoon's Vacation is a comedic cross-country adventure like no other, thanks to Chevy Chase and the rest of the Griswold family.
May 25, 2013
The Griswolds are a national treasure.
May 21, 2013
A timeless comedy. Hysterical.
September 16, 2011
A perfect marriage of collaborators on both sides of the camera.
January 1, 2011
Funny family comedy, but dated and risque.
August 9, 2010
Though lacking in narrative and comic sophistication, National Lampoon's Vacation has something arguably more important: built-in, instant audience identification. [Blu-ray]
August 8, 2010
...a zany, lighthearted look at numbskull American tourism at its most chaotic.
May 2, 2009
November 24, 2008
May 7, 2008
Funny, though often obvious.
May 7, 2008
National Lampoon's Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes.
May 7, 2008
Despite plenty of gross-out gags and dumb slapstick bits, the careful viewer can occasionally detect some acrid and original satire in this 1983 film.
October 23, 2006
August 19, 2006
This boasts a great cast from start to finish, but the funniest moments in this film for me invariably come from Randy Quaid, who plays Chase's dumb country cousin.
June 24, 2006
The result is not so much a comedy about American values as a 2,500 mile skid on a banana skin. The visual gags come thick and fast, and are about as subtly signposted as the exit markers on a freeway.
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