Hot Rod

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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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A cheekily fun sendup of Gen X iconography.
  4. 75
    For connoisseurs of stupidity, Hot Rod is that perfect delicacy: A silly movie about ridiculous characters that's also actually funny. Hilarious, even.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 63
    A little like a leisurely surf through YouTube.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 225 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 55
  2. Negative: 7 out of 55
  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 »