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National Lampoon's Van Wilder Reviews

August 8, 2008
Strangely likable and only about half as puerile as the average MTV reality series.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
There's one saving grace: Reynolds may look a lot like NL's Chevy Chase, but, hey, he's actually quite likeable.
August 9, 2002
An uneven mix of National Lampoon-style high jinks (yes, it feels slightly dated) and Farrelly-brothers touches tossed in for gross measure.
Read More | Original Score: C
July 20, 2002
An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning gross-out gags.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
June 1, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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 ...
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.
April 5, 2002
Execrable.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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
April 5, 2002
It's a tasteless, tacky movie full of cheap T&A.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
April 5, 2002
When it runs out of ways to be funny, Van Wilder resorts to schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 5, 2002
This is the sort of low-grade dreck that usually goes straight to video --with a lousy script, inept direction, pathetic acting, poorly dubbed dialogue and murky cinematography, complete with visible boom mikes.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
April 5, 2002
Smug and dumb as they come, it's a series of eruptive gross-out sketches tenuously linked by a romance plot.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 5, 2002
[Reynold's] boyish, sweet-natured comic appeal makes ''Van Wilder'' better than it has a right to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 5, 2002
This movie, a certain scene in particular, brought me uncomfortably close to losing my lunch.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
April 4, 2002
Unofficially, National Lampoon's Van Wilder is Son of Animal House. Officially, it is twice as bestial but half as funny.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2002
When it comes to collegiate humor, nobody goes lowbrow like our friends at the Lampoon.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 4, 2002
What's lacking is the sense of structure that might have made Van Wilder more than a meandering succession of random gags.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
April 4, 2002
Van Wilder has a built-in audience, but only among those who are drying out from spring break and are still unconcerned about what they ingest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 4, 2002
The only thing keeping it from being a complete waste of time is the charismatic performance of Mr. Reynolds.
Read More | Original Score: D+
April 4, 2002
The problem is not that it's all derivative, because plenty of funny movies recycle old tropes. The problem is that Van Wilder does little that is actually funny with the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 4, 2002
Is there really an army of teenagers out there pining for the cozy old anarchy of Animal House-era high jinks?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
March 15, 2002
[A] painfully flat gross-out comedy ...
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5