Vacation Reviews

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August 21, 2015
At its best, the film is very funny. At its worst, it makes you groan in dismay.
August 20, 2015
At least the National Lampoon films were memorable, which is more than can be said for the misbegotten and instantly forgettable Vacation.
August 20, 2015
It's similar to the recent comedy We're the Millers, with Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in the dad and mom roles. That had more laughs and more heart.
August 20, 2015
Go home, Vacation. You're drunk.
August 20, 2015
On the film rumbles, raising a few more smiles than moments when you want to wince in discomfort or eat cyanide, but only a few.
August 13, 2015
I'm all for bawdy, politically incorrect, wildly inappropriate humor -- when there are consistent and genuine laughs to be mined from the material.
August 5, 2015
You can't do much worse at the movies than Vacation.
July 31, 2015
There's so much dead air in the film that I wondered whether punchlines had been cleaved out to secure a PG-13 rating, but no: it's a hard, inexplicable R.
Top Critic
July 31, 2015
It's as if Daley and Goldstein started with a list of disgusting topics - outré sex acts, human waste, pubic hair, projectile vomiting, cow cannibalism, et al. - and constructed a narrative around them.
July 31, 2015
Helms' Griswold is a dangerous, moronic maniac, and the filmmakers' disdain for him rubs off on the audience.
July 30, 2015
It holds on to the original's acrid cynicism for the first 40 minutes or so before turning predictable and bland. There are some real, nasty laughs to be had here, but they're front-loaded.
July 30, 2015
Vacation is lazy, idiotic, and gross - and I laughed my ass off at it.
July 30, 2015
It falls to Helms to carry the movie, and he's not quite up to it.
July 30, 2015
Respectably funny.
July 30, 2015
No one expects originality, but the new movie may end up making history: It's already looking like the worst movie of the year.
July 30, 2015
The Griswold elders (Chase and Beverly D'Angelo) show up toward the end for brief cameos, but like most everyone else in the film, they barely register. With any luck, Vacation will barely register, as well.
July 29, 2015
The new Vacation is both better than I'd feared and not as hilarious as I'd hoped. It's intermittently funny and instantly forgettable.
July 29, 2015
Raucous R-rated fun? You'd think, but the gags smack of desperation.
July 29, 2015
Whenever Daley and Goldstein have the opportunity to make any biting observations or mount sustained original gags, they floor it in the opposite direction.
July 29, 2015
Early on in this reboot, an adult Rusty Griswold declares, "This vacation will stand on its own!" Sure. And station wagons can fly. Still...a few chuckles can be found along this journey.
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