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Set at a low-end summer camp and aimed squarely at a teen audience, Meatballs is a light screwball comedy that turned its low-budget Canadian roots into a very profitable box-office run. The biggest reason for the film's success is Bill Murray who stars as Tripper, the head counselor who runs things at Camp Northstar with the help of his love interest Roxanne (Kate Lynch) and the camp's director Morty (Harvey Atkins), who is affectionately known as Mickey. Camp opens with Tripper and Morty preparing the misfit counselors-in-training -- Spaz, Fink, Crockett, A.L., Candace, Wendy, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Through it all, Murray smiles and forges ahead, but his big riffs have been edited down to frantic bursts of mugging."
‑ Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
"A cheerful, if not particularly deft, summer-camp comedy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The scenes between Murray and Makepeace are nicely handled, and the lack of mean-spiritedness is refreshing."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"As easy to handle as drinking lemonade under a shady tree."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Murray has been funnier and far more authoritative during his career, but he was never this joyfully floppy again. Meatballs is the crowning of his doofus glory and a great testament to his once improvisational appeal."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"It's difficult to come up with a more cliche situation for a summer pic than a summer camp, where all the characters and plot turns are readily imaginable. That makes director Ivan Reitman's accomplishment all the more noteworthy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"For those of you that are big fans of the cult comedy hit Wet Hot American Summer, Meatballs is the summer camp movie it parodied the most, even though Meatballs had a bigger heart and was strictly PG."
‑ Eric Melin,
"A bit slow and meandering, and unfunny when Bill Murray is not on screen, but Meatballs is worth it for the camp atmosphere and Murray's comic genius."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Bill Murray is the only reason to see this film. His high energy and sensitive acting abilities take this cliche film out of the ordinary and give it the style that did not appear in the script or the direction."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"you don't mind the lack of structure, especially since it's delivered by a good-natured and good-humored young cast"
‑ Pete Croatto,
"Camp counsellor Tripper (Murray) is a John Belushi clone whose 'charisma' dominates the film's standard wackiness and sentimental story (of a kid who doesn't fit)."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's Murray's spontaneity that gives the movie its lifeblood. But Murray also shows an early, rare example of onscreen tenderness."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"It doesn't get any funnier than Meatballs!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"...ultimately just not able to live up to its inexplicable reputation as a minor cult classic."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's a classic, but not as good as you might remember."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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