Vacation (2015)

Ed Helms stars in the New Line Cinema reboot of the Vacation film series as Rusty Griswald, the son of Chevy Chase's iconic character of the original four films. Horrible Bosses' helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 3, 2015
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Borrowing a basic storyline from the film that inspired it but forgetting the charm, wit, and heart, Vacation is yet another nostalgia-driven retread that misses the mark.

Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

I'm all for bawdy, politically incorrect, wildly inappropriate humor -- when there are consistent and genuine laughs to be mined from the material.

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Scott Tobias

It's as if Daley and Goldstein started with a list of disgusting topics - outré sex acts, human waste, pubic hair, projectile vomiting, cow cannibalism, et al. - and constructed a narrative around them.

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Rich Cline

Both the characters and the tone have been updated as a new generation of Grizwolds hits the road for a raucous holiday, eliminating the darker edges for a sillier, ruder romp.

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Wesley Morris

You can't do much worse at the movies than Vacation.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Helms' Griswold is a dangerous, moronic maniac, and the filmmakers' disdain for him rubs off on the audience.

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Matt Hill
Digital Spy

As entirely unnecessary reboots go, Vacation isn't half bad... Fart gags, it seems, are never in fashion.

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Calum Marsh
Globe and Mail

There's so much dead air in the film that I wondered whether punchlines had been cleaved out to secure a PG-13 rating, but no: it's a hard, inexplicable R.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It holds on to the original's acrid cynicism for the first 40 minutes or so before turning predictable and bland. There are some real, nasty laughs to be had here, but they're front-loaded.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A depressingly wrongheaded followup...

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
A recycled storyline, but none the less funny from start to finish.
Flutie Archibald
What a horrible, horrible movie...In no way can I understand anyone saw any reason to make this.
Nicki Marie
Pleasantly surprised. This movie had some really funny bits. Easily holds up to the original movie as a sequel. I don't usually gush over child actors,… More
KJ Proulx
Of all the remakes and sequels being released today, I definitely would not have expected there to be a reboot of "Vacation," and thus, the… More
Kevin M. Williams
Helms gives an in-the-movie-explanation (wink, wink) for the film, noting that this is an entirely different take on the original. Its not bad, but as the… More
Bradley Wright
Vacation is a sequel to the classic comedy film series that have defined a big part of my life, which is why I was so disappointed to see this movie hold none… More