National Lampoon's Vacation - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

National Lampoon's Vacation Reviews

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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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 7, 2008
National Lampoon's Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes.
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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.
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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The result is a confident humor and throwaway style that helps sustain the laughs -- of which there are quite a few.