Wet Hot American Summer Reviews

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March 31, 2019
But even with its tackiness arched at an ironic angle, "Wet Hot American Summer's" long-term fate is to become at best a last-minute accessory to a Blockbuster night of pizza and beverages.
March 31, 2019
The title of this inventive absurdist comedy (2001) is meant to mislead-it's not a sex movie but a parody, and the loose feel is part of its genius.
March 31, 2019
Structured only by its time frame (the last day of camp) and total commitment to casualness, the movie feels tossed off in the most appealing way,
March 8, 2018
This shamefully underpromoted, gloriously silly romp made me laugh harder than any other movie this summer...this blissfully unimportant movie starts in a deceptively low key, gradually unveiling its total lunacy.
July 28, 2011
The skewering of underdog sports clichs, horny teen staples and Vietnam-trauma melodrama is long overdue and perfectly irreverent in execution.
May 20, 2008
Fairly hilarious -- if still scattershot -- final reels will leave auds feeling they've gotten their money's worth.
June 22, 2007
Have a good summer.
December 6, 2005
Few genres could lend themselves less readily to satire, much less a satire arriving 20 years too late... [but] one quality of comedy is that if it's funny, it needs no further justification, and Wet Hot American Summer is funny enough.
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.
January 6, 2002
This is supposed to be funny? It was so depressing I almost started to cry.
September 20, 2001
This is an almost laughless bomb.
August 31, 2001
Likably silly.
August 31, 2001
A sloppy, unhinged hellzapoppin that occasionally hits its targets but more often seems out of control and desperate to please.
August 31, 2001
David Wain and Michael Showalter simply set up a bunch of stock characters in stock situations, and then repeatedly explode the clichs.
August 31, 2001
There's no getting around the fact that it's a hit-and-miss proposition.
August 31, 2001
I want to escape, / Oh, Muddah Faddah-- / Life's too short for cinematic torture.
August 30, 2001
This movie strains so hard to be funny, it almost ruptures itself.
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.
August 2, 2001
August 2, 2001
The laughs are scattershot.
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