A loving and meticulous re-creation of the last moment before American youth culture went permanently ironic.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
This sloppy comedy may be a pleasant reminder of days gone by.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
The writing here is rarely funny, and often trite and predictable.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
This is supposed to be funny? It was so depressing I almost started to cry.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
This movie strains so hard to be funny, it almost ruptures itself.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
There's no getting around the fact that it's a hit-and-miss proposition.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
It's a comedy without a map.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
For all its failings, Wet Hot maintains energy and high spirits over most of its length. The trouble is, such energy and spirits are not infectious, and the movies it mocks were better.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
This is an almost laughless bomb.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
I want to escape, / Oh, Muddah Faddah-- / Life's too short for cinematic torture.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This low-budget comedy will most likely try the patience of a paying audience with its uneven pacing, wavering tone and poor production quality.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
Dennis Harvey - Variety
What the world doesn't need now is an homage to Bill Murray's 1979 summer-camp hit Meatballs.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The skewering of underdog sports cliches, horny teen staples and Vietnam-trauma melodrama is long overdue and perfectly irreverent in execution.
William Goss - Film.com
David Wain and Michael Showalter simply set up a bunch of stock characters in stock situations, and then repeatedly explode the cliches.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
A spoof that manages to be even stupider than the pictures it's spoofing.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Simply seems like a dim-witted addition to an already undistinguished canon.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
The laughs are scattershot.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
...has its moments, but considering the cast there should be far more of them.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
This was always more or less destined to be a cult comedy, passed along enthusiastically on video/DVD.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Have a good summer.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
- Film Threat
A dumb - and fitfully funny - send-up of an already dumb genre.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
A whole bunch of funny folks doing all they can to not make us laugh.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Andrew Rodgers - Zap2it.com
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Destined to become a clut classic.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
When the jokes work, they really work.
Marcy Dermansky - About.com
That whooshing sound you hear is the majority of the jokes in Wet Hot American Summer sailing right over my head.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Once you get into the flow with Wain and Showalter and understand what they're trying to do, the movie is pretty damn funny.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Ensemble spoof of '80s flicks such as Meatballs and Little Darlings is a camp comedy -- in more ways than one.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
The funniest cinematic camp experience since Pugsley and Wednesday freaked everyone out with their rendition of the first Thanksgiving in "Addams Family Values."
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
This one won't have any studios reaching for their checkbooks to order another film. Very unfortunate.
John Venable - Supercala.com
- Boston Phoenix
If ever a movie was destined for Dazed and Confused or Caddyshack status, Wet Hot American Summer is an obvious choice.
Pete Croatto - Filmcritic.com
Janet Branagan - Apollo Guide
A putrid, insipid, morbidly unfunny comedy.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
There are times when the only sporadically funny comedy threatens to become worse than the increasingly horrid Meatballs sequels.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
An excruciating collection of scenes that fall brutally flat, all played and directed so ineptly that there's virtually no rhythm (or laughs) to the result.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Catharine Tunnacliffe - eye WEEKLY
I strongly suggest forgoing Wet Hot American Summer. That scent of sex in the air? It's one limp, cold American odor.
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
Where is Jason Voorhees, the hockey-masked killer of Camp Crystal Lake, when you really need him?
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
The pieces for a successful parody appear to be in place, but it's hit and largely miss.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
As both a parody and a 'straight' summer camp comedy, Wet Hot American Summer has little to offer even the most die-hard crude comedy fans.
Stephen Tropiano - PopMatters
Not only do most of the jokes fall flat ... but they also quickly wear thin and soon become both irritating and annoying.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A sloppy, unhinged hellzapoppin that occasionally hits its targets but more often seems out of control and desperate to please.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
You just get bored when everything is parodied to exhaustion just for the sake of telling another joke.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
... harmless, amiably entertaining and completely pointless.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Wet Hot American Summer doesn't swing, doesn't score, can't make it to first base, never even drags its sorry ass out of the dugout.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
Never before have I seen a movie try so hard to be deliberately awful -- and succeed so wildly.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Degenerates into flailing comic effects and that anything-for-a-laugh mentality familiar from MTV's lesser farcical efforts.
David Noh - Film Journal International
The movie never builds any rhythm; it just sputters its way toward the end credits.
Justin Hartung - Citysearch
Most of the scenes fall flatter than a lead souffle.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Lacks a singular comic mind, and spins off into a billion uninspired directions as a result.
Jason Clark - Matinee Magazine
The gags may have worked as a dozen or so separate skits, but they're sloppily hurled at you with ADD rapidity, and only about one in five stick.
- E! Online
It's funny only in fits and starts, and the good cast is left sort of staring at the camera and each other.
Dave White - IFilm
Often it's funny, and often it isn't.
Michael Atkinson - Mr. Showbiz
A series of skits that range from flat-out hilarious to obligatory misses.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
First elicits chuckles ... then belly laughs as the action expands.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
A surprisingly high percentage of jokes succeed brilliantly.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com