National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

This is the third in the "National Lampoon" series about the Griswold family. In this sequel, the Griswolds must deal with a holiday with their in-laws.

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: November 18, 1997
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While Christmas Vacation may not be the most disciplined comedy, it's got enough laughs and good cheer to make for a solid seasonal treat.

Hollywood Reporter

In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase's family Christmas tree is a little full with a lot of sap, much like this movie. But it's a big-hearted fullness and it's a smoothly stirred sap.

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James Berardinelli

One of the great unanswered questions in Hollywood is how Chevy Chase still gets work.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[A] fairly perfect blend... of cartoon violence and mayhem and the pleasant lightness of a Christmas movie.

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Variety Staff

Solid family fare with plenty of yocks.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Sequence after sequence seems to contain all the necessary material, to be well on the way toward a payoff, and then it somehow doesn't work.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

John Hughes wrote the screenplay for this silly, warm little guilty pleasure that nails most of the trials and tribulations of spending the holidays with family.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The new film does little more than reintroduce these familiar characters (with new actors playing the children, who would otherwise be college age by now) and let them get on one another's nerves in earnest.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Christmas Vacation may not be a fancy package, but it is a diverting stocking stuffer.

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TV Guide

With enough sight gags to please slapstick fans and enough good-natured Christmas cheer to qualify as a good holiday film, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation should keep most viewers occupied and provide 97 minutes of goofy entertainment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
First California, then Europe, now entry #3, the Griswold family set their sights on Christmas...and the result is a real holiday classic. Rather than hit the… More
Mike S
There's no Christmas that goes by without me watching this at least once. I've seen it so many times now, yet it's still as side-splitting as… More
KJ Proulx
With a powerhouse cast and a hilariously written script by John Hughes, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" is the type of holiday film that… More
Melvin White
Ellen: I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery.  "Yule crack up!" Christmas Vacation has been one of… More
Phil Hubbs
This is the weakest of the three but its still a very good Xmas comedy, probably the best ever really which still tells you allot. It hits all the right cozy… More
Alex roy
For me, Christmas Vacation is a flawless Holiday classic. This is a brilliant, funny film that is a must see holiday film. Christmas Vacation is one of the few… More