National Lampoon's Vacation Synopsis
Griswolds (Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo) aim station wagon at California fun park.
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Newsweek

By David Ansen
While there are few huge laughs, the very lack of pushiness in Harold Ramis's direction comes as comic relief. [8 Aug 1983, p.55]
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70

Washington Post

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This is certainly Chase's most likable vehicle to date, and he endows Mr. Griswold with a sincere sort of goofiness. [29 July 1983, p.D1]
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70

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
National Lampoon's Vacation, which is more controlled than other Lampoon movies have been, is careful not to stray too far from its target....
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70

Variety

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National Lampoon’s Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
The film is primarily an excuse for Chase to demonstrate that though he may be a movie star he has yet to learn how to create, let alone...
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Classic.

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Hilariously funny! All time classic....

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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Funny family comedy, but dated and risque.
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