Metascore
21

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 11 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Rocco B. Colella
    63
    The Rise of Taj is relatively pointless in the scheme of things, but refreshing in what it (mostly) doesn't resort to for laughs.
  2. Everything old is old again in this rickety extension of 2002's already rickety "Van Wilder."
  3. 42
    Penn, who probably didn't need this shoddy placeholder after the cult success of "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle's," acquits himself with a gentle charisma that makes the crudity go down easy. Granted, it's still s---, but with a sweeter odor than usual.
  4. 38
    Ryan Reynolds isn't around this time - and neither is most of the wit.
  5. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj harnesses smut and silliness to an oddly innocent tale of true love.
  6. This is shocking only for its tepidness; except for some raunchy language, it's ready-made for basic cable.
  7. 25
    The laughs are low, the breasts are high, and the film is instantly forgettable.
  8. While Kal Penn manages a decent lead performance as Taj, the writing is terrible.
  9. If you liked "Van Wilder," which starred Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid, be warned: The only person returning from the cast is the boring Indian kid Taj Mahal Badalandabad (Kal Penn).
  10. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    20
    So why not a sequel that subtracts the only good thing about the first movie, Ryan Reynolds? When Tara Reid won't even come back, you know things can't be good.
  11. So blatantly not funny that it might as well have been called "National Geographic's Van Wilder 2."
  12. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    20
    The four-years-in-the-making, badly recycled (not to mention awful) sequel might stain the honor of the Lampoon label if it hadn't already produced several even worse films.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    10
    To make a movie this charmless and uninspired takes a certain negligence that is rare among even the most cynical Hollywood moneymaking exercises.
  14. 0
    Granted, the state of the indie hipster and/or Big-Man-on-the-Quad aesthetic has probably skewed a bit since I was a frosh, but good lord, man, it can't be this pale an imitation of campus life. I implore you: Go rent "National Lampoon's Animal House" and leave this flaccid wanker alone.
User Score
3.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 7 out of 8
  1. Jul 25, 2013
    4
    Is Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj a cinematic masterpiece? No, not by a long shot, but it does complete what it set out to do. It is a raunchy,Is Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj a cinematic masterpiece? No, not by a long shot, but it does complete what it set out to do. It is a raunchy, college age romp full of inaccurate depictions of college parties, classroom etiquette, and discipline. Had the story been a tad more ambitious I would possibly rank this film a bit higher, but the truth of the matter is the story has been done a million times over in the exact same way. The film is racist and/or sexist to everyone involved and because of this fact it is easier to excuse the frequent stabs the filmmakers take. This is far from the great film I have ever seen, but it is far from the worst as well. Full Review »
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    3
    This movie doesn't have much comedy, a story that is uninteresting, and a character that is overdone and outdated. I couldn't sit through theThis movie doesn't have much comedy, a story that is uninteresting, and a character that is overdone and outdated. I couldn't sit through the whole thing but forced myself to, should have stopped when I felt the movie was pointless the first time. Full Review »
  3. RyanN.
    Aug 25, 2007
    1
    The heavy use of cliche makes it extrememly insulting to both Indian and British people. After the previous film and Harold and Kumar, I was The heavy use of cliche makes it extrememly insulting to both Indian and British people. After the previous film and Harold and Kumar, I was expecting a movie rather better than this rancid pile of mystery droppings. Full Review »