National Lampoon's Vacation - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

National Lampoon's Vacation Reviews

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½ May 30, 2018
What can you say.... it is a classic. Chase is in top form as the over eager, nostalgic seeking dad who just wants a good old fashioned family vacation and the memories that come with it.... what he gets is a hilarious cross country adventure with disaster at every turn.
February 9, 2018
Despite some occasional padding and, in my opinion, not as good as Christmas Vacation which is apparently the only sequel in this series that everyone enjoys, National Lampoon's Vacation remains a comedy classic. When noticing that John Hughes is writing the script, that's a sign that the movie's going to make me laugh my ass off. Maybe not as consistently here as in some of his other movies regardless of whether he's a director or simply writing the script but I still believe that it's going to have its fair share of laughs if Hughes is writing your script. Now I wonder what Groundhog Day's like. Harold Ramis seems to be a beloved actor and director. May he rest in peace. Chevy Chase doesn't just PLAY Clark Griswold, he becomes Clark Griswold. Every minute, he's attempting to keep a straight face not wanting to reach his breaking point no matter how many pratfalls he's subject to. One thing that really stood out for me in this movie is the cinematography. It makes for some beautiful shots all leading to a fun climax. A charming road movie that remains a comedy classic to this very day. I'm going to regret reviewing the other Vacation sequels, aren't I?
½ December 28, 2017
Vacation is a fun movie with a lot of laughs, memorable moments, and quotable lines
December 26, 2017
Classic comedy. A must see film.
December 17, 2017
Classic movie great to watch with the family.
September 29, 2017
This is the most I've enjoyed Chevy Chase!
½ September 22, 2017
Wow what a great classic 80's movie. Man, I enjoy watching this movie whenever it's on. It just has that high rewatch value that always pulls me in. However i do have a minor problem that won't take off many points from my final score and that problem is the dated humor that can get a little stale after a while. However I still REALLY enjoyed this movie and think it can be hilarious at times! They really didn't need to make 3 more sequels though.

VERDICT: Suffering from some stale, dated humor still didn't stop me from having a great time with this 80s classic. Definitely worth a watch...or multiple.

SCORE: 9.5/10
½ September 21, 2017
Reminds me of all our classic road adventures with the family that I still wish I was young enough to experience again. Ramis knew he was talking to people like me when he made this classic comedy.
August 24, 2017
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) C-98m. ??? D: Harold Ramis. Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, John Candy. Terminally funny movie about an ideal family summer road trip soiled by the simple fact that the father is a complete moron. A little rough around the edges (and a bit spotty overall) but solid laughs run throughout. Entertaining-enough to almost make you forget the premise is perfectly obvious. Script was written by John Hughes. Followed by . . . . EUROPEAN VACATION.
July 7, 2017
Vacation is a classic comedy. It's full of fun and funny moments. There is just no way you won't laugh at this movie. The main plot is just about the Griswold family going to America's favorite theme park Walley World. Along the way there they get into all sorts of hilarious disasters. This is just a classic movie. It has a great cast and you just see them as their own character. It's hard to see them as anyone else. Overall Vacation is a good summer classic. Full of funny moments and having some heart, this movie, just like the Vacation in the movie, this is something you won't forget.
½ June 17, 2017
Chevy Chase at his best!
June 2, 2017
Chevy Chase plays the best dorky father in history. No one can top his performance. Written by John Hughes, and directed by Harold Ramis, two of my all-time favorite movie creators. One of my all time favorite comedies.
February 15, 2017
Very badly dated, clunkily directed road comedy. Almost entirely joke-free and inexplicably the first in a four-movie franchise. Go figure.
½ January 1, 2017
A bit like any family road trip itself, National Lampoon's Vacation has its fair share of wildly entertaining moments, but also moments that drag on and test your patience. This is a story that's at its best when it's relegated to just the main four members of the Griswold family dealing with their various mishaps: the rest stops involving the Griswolds' extended family, including Clark Griswold's rural cousin Eddie and the batty Aunt Edna, don't fare quite as well, often lingering just long enough to knock the film's pacing out of its groove. Fortunately, the majority of the film deals with the former, which keeps the jokes flowing as smoothly as possible. The antics of the Griswold family are zany enough to allow for humor that more grounded comedy can't account for, but aren't overly unrealistic in order to insure at least some relatability for anyone who's had a road trip gone wrong. Writer John Hughes even take this story down a pretty dark road at times, as Clark's dwindling sense of sanity finally snaps and he unleashes everything that's been pent up inside. It's the tale of the Griswold family, but it's Chevy Chase's movie to run away with, and he doesn't disappoint. Chase finds a good mix of comedy styles, including physical humor and deadpan quips that give his performance a nice variety, and in the scenes that do get a little more serious, he really sells Clark's unwinding mental state. Behind the camera, Harold Ramis doesn't pull any fancy tricks, and still shows room for improvement, but crafts a fun little road trip comedy that's worth a watch.
½ January 1, 2017
National Lampoon's initial Vacation entry introduces the series' brand of humor with a formula in which it works best.
December 20, 2016
One of the funniest and classic road trip comedy of all time!!
½ August 30, 2016
A sequence of skits without much to offer in way of heart, narrative, or creativity.
Super Reviewer
August 20, 2016
Mass hysteria. One of the funniest films from the mid 80's which is saying a lot. An all around hilarious film
August 1, 2016
5 stars, again and again
July 29, 2016
Haven't seen this movie in years, but was glad to have revisited it. A classic comedy about the Griswold family going on a trip from Chicago to California to go to the amusement park Wally World. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants nothing more than to take his family on a road trip and bond with his children. Along for the ride are his wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) and his two kids Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) and Audrey (Dana Barron). Along the way the family gets into a ton of hijinks and crazy situations turning the vacation into a hell ride. I will say for a movie that is 33 years old I still laughed out loud a lot of times. There's a lot of stuff that's dated because of the time, but I still found the movie to be very entertaining. If you haven't seen this one before definitely give it a look!
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