Hot Rod Reviews

  • Wait until the best parts pop up on YouTube.

    Gregory Kirschling — Entertainment Weekly

  • Hot Rod might be called the poor man's Eagle vs. Shark. Poor certainly describes the quality of the filmmaking.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • If you're looking for plausibility, this is not your movie. If you're looking for laughs, this is not your movie. If you like seeing delusional overgrown adolescents fall down a lot, then this one's for you.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • There's no question Samberg has a future in movie comedy, but this caper amounts to a false start.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • As a director, Schaffer has a cool, punchy style, but his full-length movie dead-ends. The flavor runs out.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Most of the jokes either drag on endlessly or are cut short without a real punch line.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • A lasting problem with so many SNL-populated movies is the ingrown clubbiness of its humor -- the suggestion, whether overt or implied, that comedy is nothing more than a funny idea flogged to death by a fraternity of late-night wags.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • It's funny pretty much all the way through, even in the final showdown between Rod and his stepdad. I have seen countless movie fights that stagger the imagination, but this one goes over the top and comes down on the other side.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Some hilarity does, in fact, ensue, but the laughs are interspersed with long stretches of dead air.

    Jessica Reaves — Chicago Tribune

  • Samberg can't carry this, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, Jackass-style wipeouts.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • A mashup of the random violence of Adam Sandler movies with the dimwittage of Will Ferrell's - and lacking the charms of both - Hot Rod never establishes its own personality.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Hot Rod is a fresh, hip take on the Bumbling Idiot genre that made Will Ferrell a superstar, and Samberg throws himself into the role with an amiable mix of birthday-entertainer goofiness and klutzy bravado.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Consistently laugh-aloud funny, a guilty chucklefest of ridiculous stunts, gleeful pummelings and questionable jokes that looks as if it were made by high school buddies who had a few weeks to kill.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Started to go bad about the time someone in casting said, "You know what? I'll bet America is just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek."

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • What works, wonderfully, are the falls, the punch-outs (his brawls with Stepdad are brutal throw-downs) and waiting for that next accident to happen.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Imagine a Stand by Me on wheels, with dialogue spoken by 20-something actors instead of 12-year-olds, and you have the essence of the script.

    Tony Wong — Toronto Star

  • 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.

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

  • Andy Samberg falls down a lot in this high-concept, low-witted comedy.

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

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