Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 11, 2011
    50
    This is the reliable raunch-plus-sweetness comic formula that goes back through the Farrelly brothers, Adam Sandler's comedies, "Revenge of the Nerds," "Porky's" and "Animal House."
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 10, 2011
    90
    Tim isn't super anything (though he proves heroic), and what makes Cedar Rapids a low-wattage pleasure is its insistence that his ordinariness - with his decency and sense of wonder - is pretty extraordinary.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 10, 2011
    75
    The cast, anchored by sweetly goofy Ed Helms, redeems the film at every turn, adding humor and dimension to characters who might have otherwise drowned in tacky grotesquerie.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Apr 25, 2011
    80
    One of those sunny-natured indie comedies that comes out of nowhere to put a smile on your face.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 11, 2011
    63
    It's a decent comedy, mind you, one with its fair share of chuckles. But it's really more amusing than it is fall-out-of-your-seat funny.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 9, 2011
    83
    This movie embraces its inner yokel.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 2, 2011
    75
    It's a farce with sexual come-ons and actual sex - the Boy Scout Tim's first encounter with a hooker and a crack pipe - but Cedar Rapids never loses track of the humanity of its characters.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 18, 2011
    88
    To ensure customer loyalty, Hollywood should promote more movies about workaday life in the provinces, but until there's a new wave of midcoast comedies, Cedar Rapids is the big kahuna.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 17, 2011
    75
    Has an inordinate number of good laughs mixed in with the not-so-good ones.
  10. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Feb 17, 2011
    75
    The ensemble rolls gleefully with the script's twists (which aren't all that twisty, to be fair), and the film piles up laugh after laugh agreeably.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 17, 2011
    80
    A really entertaining effort, aided by some terrific performances.
  12. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Feb 17, 2011
    75
    For a movie loaded with ear-scorching profanity, oceans of booze, and illegal drugs enough to keep all of Cedar Rapids in high spirits for a month, there is something fundamentally decent about the film.
  13. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Feb 17, 2011
    75
    The movie shouldn't work, yet it does.
  14. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Feb 17, 2011
    78
    This is smart, quirky, frequently laugh-out-loud comedy, in all seriousness.
  15. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Feb 15, 2011
    75
    As a satire of the insurance industry, and more implicitly of religious hypocrisy, Cedar Rapids is mild stuff. But the movie has a nice lived-in feel, and a sense that its comedy has been earned.
  16. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 12, 2011
    75
    Nothing if not versatile. And, although perhaps not as funny as one might expect given the setup, it successfully grows the main characters beyond their stereotype roots.
  17. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 11, 2011
    50
    Like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton before him, Helms plays a lamb trotting hopefully through the abattoir, blessedly unaware of the blades hanging just above his head.
  18. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 11, 2011
    70
    Often hilarious, although I found it so amped-up and overly broad that I was exhausted before the movie was over.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 11, 2011
    75
    Cedar Rapids had me smiling at hello.
  20. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 11, 2011
    63
    Maybe the Midwest isn't actually like this, but if it were, would that be so bad?
  21. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 11, 2011
    60
    Its appeal comes almost entirely from the cast members, who appear genuinely excited to invite us to their party.
  22. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 10, 2011
    75
    This is a Frank Capra-meets-Judd Apatow comedy with a sweetness-laced ribaldry.
  23. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 10, 2011
    75
    In addition to being funny and endearing and having a lively script and lots of nicely observed performances - is something of an education.
  24. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 10, 2011
    80
    The main thing about Cedar Rapids is that it makes you laugh-often and out loud.
  25. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 10, 2011
    80
    If that all sounds like a lot of good, clean fun, a word of warning. In what seems to have become the genre's raison d'etre, the dialogue is so blue at times that you'll probably feel the heat of the blushing cheeks on either side of you, especially whenever Reilly's fast-talking savant of smut shows up.
  26. Reviewed by: Steve Ramos
    Feb 10, 2011
    60
    Reilly delivers another one of his trademark "nutty pal" performances that continue to win him fans.
  27. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 10, 2011
    75
    Modest in every way, the screenplay by Phil Johnston is enjoyable in the telling even when the details smack of contrivance.
  28. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 10, 2011
    60
    Helms's screen persona-the stiff-necked nerd who triumphs through sheer doggedness-is heavily reminiscent of Harold Lloyd's, though Lloyd was handsome and endearing enough to succeed as a romantic lead.
  29. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 9, 2011
    75
    Cedar Rapids has something of the same spirit of "Fargo" in its approach to the earnest natures of its small-towners.
  30. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 9, 2011
    83
    Helms plays angelic insurance agent Tim Lippe with gentle nobility and hilarious naivete.
  31. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 9, 2011
    91
    Sweetness makes the raunch in this honestly funny movie even funnier.
  32. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 9, 2011
    60
    The movie just ping-pongs between empathetic chuckles at Helms's charming social awkwardness and putting him through a raunchfest ringer.
  33. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 8, 2011
    50
    It's a movie that needs to look down its nose for its laughs, which generally isn't the best place to find them.
  34. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Feb 8, 2011
    50
    A mild comedy of embarrassment.
  35. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Feb 7, 2011
    70
    It's not exactly "The Hangover," but the dialogue and situations often get distinctly gamey.
  36. 70
    It helps that Reilly is the opposite of a slob-comic. With his hangdog melancholy, he makes even the nonstop cunnilingus allusions poignant-the product of emotional longing.
  37. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 7, 2011
    70
    Though not as uproarious as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," director Miguel Arteta's consistently entertaining white-collar laffer could do for Helms what that film did for Steve Carell.
  38. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Feb 25, 2011
    70
    Cedar Rapids is certainly a guys' movie, yet it leaves us with the unmistakable impression that men are simple engines. [28 Feb. 2011, p. 80]
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Sep 11, 2011
    8
    The TV ads painted an unflattering picture, but I decided to give this one a shot. This was a fun little comedy with a talented cast playingThe TV ads painted an unflattering picture, but I decided to give this one a shot. This was a fun little comedy with a talented cast playing their usual roles. Loved the cameo from Rob Corddry. Full Review »
  2. Jul 6, 2011
    7
    Bringing more smiles than disorderly cachinnation, "Cedar Rapids" is a film whose low-key, ordinariness makes for a comedy that is innatelyBringing more smiles than disorderly cachinnation, "Cedar Rapids" is a film whose low-key, ordinariness makes for a comedy that is innately delightful; braced by solid performances that welcome you at the door, show you around, and 'Got You' when you need them. Selling insurance never sounded so good! Full Review »
  3. Feb 14, 2011
    9
    I don't watch The Office, but I like Ed Helms - especially in The Hangover. However, John C.Reilly dominates this movie, and he's hilarious.I don't watch The Office, but I like Ed Helms - especially in The Hangover. However, John C.Reilly dominates this movie, and he's hilarious. Absolutely makes the film. Anne Heche is also terrific - her career has been on a great path. Love to see her in the more supporting roles. She handles them with nuance. Full Review »