National Lampoon's European Vacation
National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

Despite the many adventures they suffered in National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswold family decides to take another crack at having fun. This time, the doltish clan heads across the Atlantic for a whirlwind vacation after winning a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 26, 1985
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: European Vacation charts a course through a succession of pretty destinations, but the journey itself lacks the laughs that made the original outing so memorable.

Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

The film spares us no stereotypes.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

The best thing in the movie is the catchy theme from the last "Vacation," which, unfortunately, hasn't the slightest thing to do with Europe.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's infectious enthusiasm manages to sweep you along (as begrudgingly as kids Jason Lively and Dana Hill) on this cliché-ridden package tour.

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Time Out Staff
Time Out

Overall, it's not quite funny or memorable enough.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Graceless and only intermittently lit up by lunacy and satire.

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David Elliott
Copley News Service

It must have been fun for the film's makers to work in London, Paris, Rome and Southern Germany, but their fun didn't get exported to us.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Broad, sketchlike, and arbitrarily assembled, Amy Heckerling's 1985 film fritters away the considerable credit of relative psychological realism and dramatically consistent situations built up by its predecessor...

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

While it's very much a retread, it succeeds in following up the first film's humor with more in a similar vein.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Awkward and unamusing and ridiculous in the bad way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
"European Vacation" is the sequel that you always fear will happen from any great film, and this is no exception. After winning a family trip to… More
Phil Hubbs
Solid stuff, very funny in places but very dumb in others. Its hella dated though haha again Chase is making it happen here, the strip club, the German beer… More
Alex roy
European Vacation manages to be a mediocre comedy to a great film by basically recycling ideas explored in the first film and watering them down and in the… More
Martin Sahlin
I can't seem to understand why this would be funny...
Chris Weber
The Griswolds are back, and this time they set their sights on Europe after winning a family feud-style game show. Chevy and Beverly are back, but this time… More
Mike S
Say what you will about Chevy Chase, but I've always enjoyed his style of humor. At least as it comes to his "Vacation" comedies, which I can… More