Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. 75
    Rod is played by Andy Samberg from "Saturday Night Live," who on the basis of this film, I think, could become a very big star.
  2. 75
    For connoisseurs of stupidity, Hot Rod is that perfect delicacy: A silly movie about ridiculous characters that's also actually funny. Hilarious, even.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonah Weiner
    75
    The fantasy here – dubious as life choices go, but great for a 90-minute comedy – is that you can stay 16 forever.
  4. Hot Rod is a cousin to the comedies of Will Ferrell (for whom it was developed) with a younger skew, a kooky '80s nostalgia (complete with a pitch-perfect synthesizer score by Trevor Rabin) and a low-key amiability that keeps you rooting for Rod and company to triumph.
  5. Reviewed by: Susan Carpenter
    70
    A cheekily fun sendup of Gen X iconography.
  6. 67
    Hot Rod keeps a sweet tone that's filled with affection for its characters, and enough laughs to become this summer's most mildly recommendable comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    A little like a leisurely surf through YouTube.
  8. 63
    If the movie weren't so playfully dumb -- did you ever think you'd see Ian McShane throw Andy Samberg through a basement shelving unit? -- this would be exasperating.
  9. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    58
    Wait until the best parts pop up on YouTube.
  10. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    50
    Sure, it's funny, mainly because it's utterly absurd and meandering.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    In what universe would you expect to see Andy Samberg, Ian McShane and Sissy Spacek in the same movie? You have to give the makers of Hot Rod credit for creative and unlikely casting. But the credit pretty much ends there.
  12. An inferior "Napoleon Dynamite." Call it Napoleon Firecracker. The film steals one of the best laughs of Jon Heder's surprise 2004 hit, the scene where Napoleon nosedives over a bicycle jump, and stretches the gag into an 86-minute movie.
  13. 50
    Samberg can't carry this, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, "Jackass"-style wipeouts and there are nice supporting turns from Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) as Rod's love interest and Bill Hader as one of his goofball friends.
  14. Unfortunately, the gags start to wear thin shortly around the 15-minute mark, not to mention the fact that they pale in comparison to the real-life indignities endured by the members of the "Jackass" crew.
  15. Hot Rod is a stupid movie about stupid people doing stupid things.
  16. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    40
    Like so many movies from the SNL factory, there are perhaps 10 to 15 minutes of good, gag-worthy material here stretched out to interminable lengths. Or to put it another way: It's a very small dick in an oversized box.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    40
    Those hoping for feature-length doses of Samberg's "Lazy Sunday" wit will have to settle for just plain lazy, as Hot Rod aims low and still manages to miss its target.
  18. Only fitfully amusing. More often, it feels like a mediocre attempt to reprise the central elements of the infinitely funnier "Napoleon Dynamite."
  19. 38
    I laughed, then I wished it was funnier, then I just wished it would end.
  20. In fairness, the new movie from the Lorne Michaels machine does have its amusing moments. It's just most of them can also be found in "Napoleon," "Talladega Nights," "Eagle vs. Shark," and any installment of "Jackass."
  21. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    30
    There are enough laughs here to fill a five-minute skit but sadly, the film lasts a lot longer than that.
  22. 30
    Hot Rod might be called the poor man’s “Eagle vs. Shark” if “Eagle vs. Shark” were not already the poor man’s “Napoleon Dynamite.” It certainly lacks the conceptual purity and aesthetic integrity of the “Jackass” movies. In any case poor certainly describes the quality of the filmmaking.
  23. 25
    Hot Rod started to go wrong at about the time someone in casting said, "You know what? I'll bet America's just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek."
  24. Hot Rod never establishes its own personality.
  25. Once again, something that might have been a faintly amusing sketch on "Saturday Night Live" -- maybe even a tolerable 30-minute short, had the writing been more clever -- gets tortured into the shape of a feature film.
  26. 16
    The filmmakers lack any visual sense of humor and any talent for sustaining long-form comedy; the stunts have less wallop than a TV bloopers show and the Oedipal family slapstick goes around in circles, in more ways than one.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 52
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 52
  3. Negative: 7 out of 52
  1. PK
    Sep 6, 2009
    10
    Far better than the over-rated Superbad, which was released around the same time. Hilariously awkward nerdy comedy.
  2. Feb 23, 2012
    6
    It's filled with cheap laughs and slapstick humor, but for the most part it works. It will never be known as a great comedy, but if you are looking for a quick comedy fix I venture to say this one will satisfy most viewers. Full Review »
  3. Oct 16, 2011
    7
    Its all silly and preposterous, but Andy Samberg does a great job in racking up the audience with the movie as well using his great, brazen performance. HE made "Hot Rod" such a funny movie. Full Review »