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National Lampoon's Van Wilder Reviews

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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 8, 2008
Strangely likable and only about half as puerile as the average MTV reality series.

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
February 4, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 9, 2002
Its gross-out gags and colorful set pieces... are of course stultifyingly contrived and too stylized by half. Still, it gets the job done -- a sleepy afternoon rental.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
August 19, 2002
You'll likely hate yourself for laughing, but laugh you will.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Paul Salfen
Supercala.com
July 9, 2002
Quite funny for the type of movie it is...
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
An effervescent campus gross-out comedy that's true to the amoral, anarchic spirit of Lampoon founder-editor and screenwriter Doug Kenney.
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
May 20, 2002
I went in not wanting to like it, not wanting to laugh, and certainly not to give it any credence for being this generation's "Animal House." But it is, and it's funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 6, 2002
It has all the obligatory gross-out jokes you'd expect. But for every stupid gag involving half-naked women or uncontrollable bodily functions, there's a clever, laugh-out-loud line that sneaks up on you.
Steve Simels
TV Guide
April 5, 2002
While not for every taste, this often very funny collegiate gross-out comedy goes a long way toward restoring the luster of the National Lampoon film franchise, too long reduced to direct-to-video irrelevancy.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Angela Carroll
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 5, 2002
While some of the pranks in National Lampoon's Van Wilder are more extreme than we've seen in There's Something About Mary or the American Pie movies, this film has enough heart to balance it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
April 5, 2002
This a movie wherein Tara Reid plays the 'smart girl' -- that alone has got to be worth the price of a ticket.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Loren King
Boston Globe
April 5, 2002
[Reynold's] boyish, sweet-natured comic appeal makes ''Van Wilder'' better than it has a right to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 4, 2002
For a movie that is almost entirely set at keggers, it's surprisingly entertaining.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
April 4, 2002
When Van Wilder sticks to its wits, its comedy is unstoppable. But...there's an equal (amount) of acute unoriginality and beyond-belief bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 2, 2002
If you're looking for yet another mindless college flick with a number of laughs and a captivating lead, you can certainly do much worse than this movie
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 1, 2002
For a film like this to work, the hero must be as charming as he is irrepressible, and Reynolds, star of the ABC series Two Guys and a Girl, fits the bill.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 23, 2002
Like Slackers, Super Troopers and last year's Wet Hot American Summer, Van Wilder is nostalgic for the gross-out yarns of yesteryear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
The grossest, most disgusting humor imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Rude, crude, obnoxious, disgusting, and unfunny...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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