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National Lampoon's Van Wilder Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 4, 2002
When it comes to collegiate humor, nobody goes lowbrow like our friends at the Lampoon.
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
Uncouth, unfunny and sloppily edited, National Lampoon's Van Wilder is a mediocre college sex comedy ...
Full Review| Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 5, 2002
Laughter for me was such a physical impossibility during National Lampoon's Van Wilder that had I not been pledged to sit through the film, I would have lifted myself up by my bootstraps and fled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 6, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
The grossest, most disgusting humor imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
December 2, 2006
I know it's harder to write good jokes than it is rotten ones, but based on what's displayed here, it doesn't seem like the effort was even made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 5, 2002
The film, directed jerkily by Walt Becker, hangs too much on the lovers-to-be and doesn't take full advantage of the screwball caricatures lurking in the wings.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 8, 2002
... Tara Reid plays a college journalist, but she looks like the six-time winner of the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Pageant, so I don't know what she's doing in here ...
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 13, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Eric D. Snider
April 5, 2002
Not exaggerated enough to be a parody of gross-out flicks, college flicks, or even flicks in general. It merely indulges in the worst elements of all of them.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Brian Orndorf
April 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 8, 2002
It's just more of the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 5, 2002
Imagine Animal House with the unfunny Chevy Chase in the lead, instead of either Matheson, John Belushi or Tom Hulce, and you've pretty much nailed the biggest problem with this evil incarnation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 5, 2002
The movie ends with outtakes in which most of the characters forget their lines and just utter 'uhhh,' which is better than most of the writing in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Rude, crude, obnoxious, disgusting, and unfunny...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Erik Childress
April 4, 2002
Even Vegas Vacation was wise enough to distance itself from the humorists responsible for such comedy landmarks as Loaded Weapon 1, Senior Trip and Golf Punks.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
April 5, 2002
Once upon a time, anything associated with the name "National Lampoon" generated as many chuckles as a can of nitrous oxide. Now the effect is more like a laxative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 30, 2002
Yawn! As if the premise wasn't trite enough, the film fails to deliver a single decent laugh, although it tries on every level (mostly gross-out, it must be said).
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 15, 2002
[A] painfully flat gross-out comedy ...
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 4, 2002
Unofficially, National Lampoon's Van Wilder is Son of Animal House. Officially, it is twice as bestial but half as funny.
| Original Score: 2/4
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