Vacation Reviews

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May 4, 2019
Despite the cast's best efforts, Vacation 2.0's 99 minutes are nearly as exhausting as an overnight drive. National Lampoon's Vacation's formula for success has been left in the trunk.
December 10, 2018
Nostalgia trips are fun up to a point, but they can quickly veer into self-indulgence.
November 2, 2018
I feel like the studio gave this movie the green light without a script. Who needs a script?
December 3, 2017
It isn't very encouraging when the opening credits of a comedy highlight butt cracks and enlarged horse penises during a montage of postcard photographs, but at least it was a sign to set expectations very low
October 30, 2017
Right from the start, however, there are signs that Vacation might be a comically unlucky film.
October 17, 2017
We've seen it all before and, to be honest, the Vacation package had already lost its ability to elicit even faint smiles and chuckles toward the end of its run.
October 16, 2017
Vacation is not an offensively bad movie. It's not very funny, but at least it's not openly contemptuous of its audience.
August 17, 2017
Vacation cannot escape its background nor recover as anything but a pale offshoot of the original.
May 27, 2016
Wacky hijinks ensue, some of them very funny, some dipping desperately into bad taste, some just falling flat. (Which, it's worth remembering, was the case with even the best films of this franchise.)
May 4, 2016
It's a good indication of what to expect: a crass comedy that unfortunately fails to capture the charm of the original film.
April 17, 2016
Ultimately "Vacation" 2015 is an unknowing spoof, aping a series of - rightfully or not - beloved films without understanding at all what made them tick.
April 5, 2016
Vacation is definitely not the smartest of films and unlike the original, people will soon forget about its very existence.
March 26, 2016
The writers have decided that the more dirty words you stuff in an 8-year-old's mouth, the funnier he becomes. Even before the family leaves Chicago, the audience longs for them to visit a bar-soap factory and feed Junior a few samples.
February 25, 2016
This road trip isn't as bad as you might have heard, but it's not a journey I can honestly recommend taking.
February 22, 2016
Hughes instilled honesty to tickle our funny bones. Daley and Goldstein throw feces and laugh amongst themselves.
December 22, 2015
As far as Helms and Applegate, they seem to be straining with the mediocre material and the harder they work, the more forced and desperate the entire movie seems.
November 5, 2015
This is a movie in which the foul-mouthed Kevin says he would be 'excited' to learn his older brother has AIDS. He also pulls a plastic bag over his brother's head to asphyxiate him, at least twice, and threatens to shoot his brother with a gun.
October 9, 2015
Both the characters and the tone have been updated as a new generation of Grizwolds hits the road for a raucous holiday, eliminating the darker edges for a sillier, ruder romp.
September 1, 2015
A depressingly wrongheaded followup...
August 30, 2015
This reboot makes we want to watch the earlier Vacation films again. Those I could watch multiple times. This one, I'm happy to have seen just the once.
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