Solid family fare with plenty of yocks.
-Variety StaffFull Review
The new film does little more than reintroduce these familiar characters (with new actors playing the children, who would otherwise be college age by now) and let them get on one another's nerves in earnest.
-Janet MaslinFull Review
One of the great unanswered questions in Hollywood is how Chevy Chase still gets work.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
Sequence after sequence seems to contain all the necessary material, to be well on the way toward a payoff, and then it somehow doesn't work.
-Roger EbertFull Review
Christmas Vacation may not be a fancy package, but it is a diverting stocking stuffer.
-Rita KempleyFull Review
[A] fairly perfect blend... of cartoon violence and mayhem and the pleasant lightness of a Christmas movie.
-Tim BraytonFull Review
John Hughes wrote the screenplay for this silly, warm little guilty pleasure that nails most of the trials and tribulations of spending the holidays with family.
-Jeffrey M. AndersonFull Review
With enough sight gags to please slapstick fans and enough good-natured Christmas cheer to qualify as a good holiday film, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation should keep most viewers occupied and provide 97 minutes of goofy entertainment.
Easily the funniest of the four Vacation movies. Just try keeping a straight face when the uncouth Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) is on screen.
hilarious, a classic
The best of the four "Vacation" movies.
The ultimate family holiday film, playing on both the heart strings and the horror to capture a genuine Christmas spirit.
-Ryan CracknellFull Review
...a roller-coaster ride of hilarity, poignancy, vulgarity, and just plain dumbness.
-John J. PuccioFull Review
the last funny installment of the series
-Christopher NullFull Review
Haven't watched it in awhile, but I remember it well and I remember enjoying it. One of the better Vacation movies (Vegas Vacation is still the best, though).
Amusing Chase vehicle on its way to being a Xmas perennial.
There never, ever should've been more than one of these movies.
-Luke Y. Thompson
The human frailty at the center of the story makes the jokes all the funnier. Holiday films are rarely as priceless.
As always the visual gags are more prevalent then the verbal ones, and are lit up in neon so you can't miss them.
-Ali BarclayFull Review
Many of those episodic moments, particularly in the film's first half, are hilarious. But as picture goes along there are far too many dry spells.
-Chris HicksFull Review
Christmas Vacation never quite reaches the levels of suburban-angst rage that other Vacation movies do, but it does have its moments.
-MaryAnn JohansonFull Review
It may be forgotten when it comes to Top 50 lists of comedys, but it's consistently funny, a mini-classic of it's kind and a re-watcher when it comes to Christmas.