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
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  1. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    58
    Wait until the best parts pop up on YouTube.
  2. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    50
    Sure, it's funny, mainly because it's utterly absurd and meandering.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Hot Rod is a stupid movie about stupid people doing stupid things.
  7. 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.
  8. Only fitfully amusing. More often, it feels like a mediocre attempt to reprise the central elements of the infinitely funnier "Napoleon Dynamite."
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 156 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 54
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 54
  3. Negative: 7 out of 54
  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 areIt'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, brazenIts 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 »