National Lampoon's Vacation Reviews

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Top Critic
Gary Arnold
Washington Post
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.
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
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
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 2, 2013
Thanks largely to Chevy Chase's zaniness and comic timing this is a very funny movie.
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
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+
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
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
Fred Topel
CraveOnline
May 25, 2013
The Griswolds are a national treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 9 out of 10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
May 21, 2013
A timeless comedy. Hysterical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 16, 2011
A perfect marriage of collaborators on both sides of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Funny family comedy, but dated and risque.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 8, 2010
...a zany, lighthearted look at numbskull American tourism at its most chaotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 24, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 7, 2008
Funny, though often obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
May 7, 2008
National Lampoon's Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 23, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 24, 2006
Chevy Chase is hilarious once again.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
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
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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