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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 25, 2013
The Griswolds are a national treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 9 out of 10
May 21, 2013
A timeless comedy. Hysterical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 16, 2011
A perfect marriage of collaborators on both sides of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 1, 2011
Funny family comedy, but dated and risque.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2010
...a zany, lighthearted look at numbskull American tourism at its most chaotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 7, 2008
Funny, though often obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 24, 2006
Chevy Chase is hilarious once again.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
October 8, 2005
There are plenty of funny moments in this comedy that introduced the world to bumbling everyman Clark Griswold. The second best in the series after Christmas Vacation.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 2005
Relive some of your own dreadful family vacation moments with National Lampoon's comedy classic, Vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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