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Wet Hot American Summer Reviews

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William Goss
Film.com
July 28, 2011
The skewering of underdog sports clichés, horny teen staples and Vietnam-trauma melodrama is long overdue and perfectly irreverent in execution.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
May 20, 2008
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 22, 2007
Have a good summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 8, 2002
For all its failings, Wet Hot maintains energy and high spirits over most of its length. The trouble is, such energy and spirits are not infectious, and the movies it mocks were better.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
This is supposed to be funny? It was so depressing I almost started to cry.
| Original Score: 0/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 20, 2001
This is an almost laughless bomb.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 31, 2001
Likably silly.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
August 31, 2001
A sloppy, unhinged hellzapoppin that occasionally hits its targets but more often seems out of control and desperate to please.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 31, 2001
David Wain and Michael Showalter simply set up a bunch of stock characters in stock situations, and then repeatedly explode the clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 31, 2001
There's no getting around the fact that it's a hit-and-miss proposition.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 31, 2001
I want to escape, / Oh, Muddah Faddah-- / Life's too short for cinematic torture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 30, 2001
This movie strains so hard to be funny, it almost ruptures itself.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 30, 2001
This low-budget comedy will most likely try the patience of a paying audience with its uneven pacing, wavering tone and poor production quality.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 2, 2001
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 2, 2001
The laughs are scattershot.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 27, 2001
The writing here is rarely funny, and often trite and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 27, 2001
This sloppy comedy may be a pleasant reminder of days gone by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 27, 2001
What the world doesn't need now is an homage to Bill Murray's 1979 summer-camp hit Meatballs.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 27, 2001
Simply seems like a dim-witted addition to an already undistinguished canon.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 27, 2001
A spoof that manages to be even stupider than the pictures it's spoofing.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
July 26, 2001
Often it's funny, and often it isn't.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2001
A loving and meticulous re-creation of the last moment before American youth culture went permanently ironic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 24, 2001
It's a comedy without a map.