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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 25
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    While Kal Penn manages a decent lead performance as Taj, the writing is terrible. show more

  • 25
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    If you liked "Van Wilder," which starred Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid, be warned: The only person returning from the cast is the boring Indian kid Taj Mahal Badalandabad (Kal Penn). show more

  • 20
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    So blatantly not funny that it might as well have been called "National Geographic's Van Wilder 2." show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    The Rise of Taj is relatively pointless in the scheme of things, but refreshing in what it (mostly) doesn't resort to for laughs. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Ryan Reynolds isn't around this time - and neither is most of the wit. show more

  • 25
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The laughs are low, the breasts are high, and the film is instantly forgettable. show more

  • NA
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Granted, the state of the indie hipster and/or Big-Man-on-the-Quad aesthetic has probably skewed a bit since I was a frosh, but good lord, man, it can't be this pale an imitation of campus life. I implore you: Go rent "National Lampoon's Animal House" and leave this flaccid wanker alone. show more

  • 50
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Everything old is old again in this rickety extension of 2002's already rickety "Van Wilder." show more

  • 30
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    National Lampoon’s Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj harnesses smut and silliness to an oddly innocent tale of true love. show more

  • 30
    Reece Pendleton Chicago Reader

    This is shocking only for its tepidness; except for some raunchy language, it's ready-made for basic cable. show more

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