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: 67% 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.

William Thomas
Empire Magazine

If it doesn't make you at least giggle, then you clearly don't understand the true meaning of the festive season.

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THR Staff
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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Paul McGuire Grimes
KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN)

I will laugh out loud every time I watch favorite from the Vacation franchise...

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Time Out Staff
Time Out

Sure, it's crude, episodic and half the jokes don't work, but 'Christmas Vacation' may be the only modern Christmas comedy which really stands up to repeat viewings.

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Variety Staff

Solid family fare with plenty of yocks.

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Andy Davis
Common Sense Media

Chevy Chase has some good moments, and those who enjoy his double-talk and pratfalls will find some redeeming value in this lukewarm movie.

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Steve Simels
Entertainment Weekly

Chase's befuddled Dad remains a genuinely amusing creation, and the sight gags are impeccably timed.

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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.

Jo Berry
Radio Times

It's silly in the extreme, and the only relief comes from Randy Quaid's performance as an obnoxious relative.

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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