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Based on 5 Reviews
critic reviews (5)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The film is primarily an excuse for Chase to demonstrate that though he may be a movie star he has yet to learn how to create, let alone sustain, a character, and for director Harold (Caddyshack) Ramis and screenwriter John (National Lampoon's Class Reunion) Hughes to demonstrate that some movie stars get the colleagues they deserve. [2 Aug 1983] show more

  • 70
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    National Lampoon's Vacation, which is more controlled than other Lampoon movies have been, is careful not to stray too far from its target. The result is a confident humor and throwaway style that helps sustain the laughs - of which there are quite a few. show more

  • 70
    David Ansen Newsweek

    While there are few huge laughs, the very lack of pushiness in Harold Ramis's direction comes as comic relief. [8 Aug 1983, p.55] show more

  • 70

    National Lampoon’s Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes. show more

  • 70
    Washington Post

    This is certainly Chase's most likable vehicle to date, and he endows Mr. Griswold with a sincere sort of goofiness. [29 July 1983, p.D1] show more

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