Meatballs (1979)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

Through it all, Murray smiles and forges ahead, but his big riffs have been edited down to frantic bursts of mugging.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A cheerful, if not particularly deft, summer-camp comedy.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

It's Murray's spontaneity that gives the movie its lifeblood. But Murray also shows an early, rare example of onscreen tenderness.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

I can't really say Meatballs is a great film, it's a silly, stupid summer movie, and sometimes, that's exactly what you need.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The scenes between Murray and Makepeace are nicely handled, and the lack of mean-spiritedness is refreshing.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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).

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Eric Melin

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.

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R. L. Shaffer

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
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With a tip of the hat to Robert Altman's M.A.S.H,, we join 'the other guys'(who are not rich, or privileged, or anything like that) kids at… More
Cassie Hill
An hilarious camp comedy starring Bill Murray, as Tripper, a camp counselor at Camp Northstar who acts like a kid himself and bonds with the other kids. Lots of… More
Spencer S.
The first of a long line of collaborations between Harold Ramis and Bill Murray, this is the original film that started the camp genre that jettisoned through… More
Aj V
One of the first of many summer camp movies for teens. It's pretty funny for the most part, especially because of Bill Murray, but other than that… More
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A.D. Villarreal
30 years since its release and I finally got around to seeing it. Painfully 70s but still a mostly funny, surprisingly sweet camp movie. I still prefer Stripes… More