National Lampoon's Vacation - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

National Lampoon's Vacation Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Rayner
Time Out
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.
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
May 2, 2009
| Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
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
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
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 2, 2013
Thanks largely to Chevy Chase's zaniness and comic timing this is a very funny movie.
Jamey Codding
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
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Funny family comedy, but dated and risque.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 2, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
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+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 16, 2011
A perfect marriage of collaborators on both sides of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cole Smithey
November 24, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Top Critic
Variety Staff
May 7, 2008
National Lampoon's Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes.
Christopher Null
August 8, 2003
Every bit as fun as you remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 6, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
October 9, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 26, 2005
sublimely silly
| Original Score: 4/5
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