Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 24
  2. Negative: 13 out of 24
  1. 50
    The movie itself is genial and unfocused and tired.
  2. Strands Cedric the Entertainer behind the wheel and forces him to motor a collection of laugh-and-learn wacky situations by sheer force of his outsize charm.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Too bad first-time director Christopher Erskin, who cut his teeth on music videos and commercials, took so many predictable turns on this Vacation.
  4. 38
    Boring, mediocre movie.
  5. An easygoing, earthy comedy that's a good showcase for the robust comic gifts of Cedric the Entertainer.
  6. You won't see a single joke here you haven't encountered before, all in funnier forms.
  7. As arduous to watch as your neighbor’s poorly focused vacation slides.
  8. If laughs are the currency of any comedy, then this one pays minimum wage and, worse, makes you work damn hard even for that pittance.
  9. Apart from Williams' presence, director Christopher Erskin's feature debut isn't worth the price of submission. It's not a road trip; it's a road trap.
  10. I'd like to believe I could watch ­Cedric the Entertainer all day long. The tedious comedy Johnson Family Vacation puts a strain on that theory.
  11. 30
    The direction on Johnson Family Vacation is numbingly slack; the synapses between the scenes don't spark effortlessly, as they should, and the whole enterprise feels dragged-down and belabored.
  12. 30
    It's a sign of trouble when watching a movie prompts nostalgia for the movie it's ripping off, particularly when that movie wasn't any good. But walking out of Johnson Family Vacation, it's hard not to feel misty-eyed for the urine-soaked-sandwich gags, incest jokes, and other refined comic elements of "National Lampoon's Vacation."
  13. Cedric the Entertainer is the best (and probably only) reason to take this "Vacation."
  14. Mild in both humor and impact, this well-cast comedy should provide welcome diversion during the holidays for audiences looking for a somewhat lighter experience than the crucifixion of Christ or the massacre at the Alamo.
  15. Tired and glib, it tries to milk humor from the sniping, sass and simple disrespect of its unpleasant traveling companions.
  16. Feels more like a grueling road trip in search of a family comedy.
  17. 40
    The picture shows vital signs only in a few scenes where Cedric takes on the additional role of his own lecherous uncle, but it's too little too late.
  18. The entire enterprise was directed by first-timer Christopher Erskin like a would-be Max Bialystock; one can only assume it's supposed to be this bad, because nobody sucks this hard on accident.
  19. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    40
    For most of the film, Cedric seems to be holding back, though his relationship with genuinely charming rapper-turned-actor (Lil') Bow Wow offers up a few funny moments.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    25
    Nearly a scene-for-scene rip-off of "National Lampoon's Summer Vacation" -- where the only substantive change from the original is a reversed travel route.
  21. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    12
    Johnson Family Vacation is simply a bad trip.
  22. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Mostly squanders some very gifted performers. Guided by a slapdash script, this vehicle for Cedric the Entertainer is tantamount to embarking on a cross-country journey without a map, making the ride predictably uneven.
  23. Reviewed by: David Ng
    20
    The movie contains exactly two chuckle-worthy moments.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Nov 13, 2012
    6
    Not bad. Has some funny moments but a lot are predictable. worth the watch for free but don't pay for it. Cedric the entertainer plays the only funny character in the film Full Review »
  2. Feb 11, 2011
    9
    Hmm.......I don't get the hate for this. It's actually pretty funny, I own it and I'm not ashamed of it. I like it and it's worth a check. Sure, some, I repeat....SOME.....of the jokes were forced or predictable. I liked it and I think you would if you have nothing to do or just want a good comedy to watch. Full Review »