Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

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"It's far from being a professional job, but Rude Awakening probably wouldn't be as much fun if it were."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Rude Awakening is utterly without merit, and its "give-peace-a-chance" message during the final credits is lame to the point of being offensive."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Rude Awakening is a shallow yuppie vs. hippie satire blended with one of those old Cheech and Chong reefer flicks."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Nice idea, but this is silly rather than comical, and the jokes are hammered home far too hard."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"Surprisingly pleasant and moving little social commentary film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The movie is very uneven, but it does manage to do a couple of crucial things that those tributes haven't. It shows us the zany heart of '60s counterculture, and it reminds us that the zaniness was a form of political expression."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A sincere, somewhat nuanced, relatively uncliched, and actually judicious look at both the 60s and 80s and what they mean in relation to each other."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"With ideals higher than it's leading men, this film can only fall short, failing to back up its flimsy philosophising."
‑ Rob Beattie, Empire Magazine
"A promising premise -- 60s hippies confronting 80s yuppies -- goes badly awry in this comedy from directors Aaron Russo and Robert Greenwalt."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's hard to be against a movie that's against war. Which is the most enthusiastic thing you can say about Rude Awakening, a witty concept that never quite materializes into a movie."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Only Louise Lasser, as the vivacious owner of the Nouveau Woodstock vegetarian restaurant, gives any hint of what might have been achieved with a little imagination."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Released smack-dab in the middle of so-called Woodstock Week, the comedy Rude Awakening is an often well-intentioned, yet mostly misguided comedic flashback into the drug culture of the 1960s."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The result is a movie with only a few amusing gags -- all emanating from Marin's spaced-out character -- while the rest of the film is at best bland and at worst obnoxious."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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