Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Apr 9, 2013
    The story's outline may be familiar, but its emphasis and quality are not.
  2. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Apr 7, 2013
    The film's got one of the cleverest, and most satisfying ambiguous endings of any film all year.
  3. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 17, 2013
    Berger’s low-key, likable ensemble film flares with brilliance in its framing concept.
  4. Reviewed by: Jim Emerson
    Apr 17, 2013
    The movie’s funniest touches are quiet flashes of character, expertly timed and nimbly played by a deft ensemble. It’s a Disaster is consistently funny, but you wince more often than you laugh out loud. It’s like a Christopher Guest improvisational farce with the volume turned down to 5.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 11, 2013
    Cross may not earn the broad recognition he deserves for his performance in It's a Disaster, a droll apocalypse comedy of exceedingly modest scale and even more modest commercial appeal. But it's still a master class in how to play the straight man right.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Apr 10, 2013
    It’s A Disaster is lively and assured before a third-act twist takes the film in an even more bracingly bleak direction. The twist is one tonal shift too many, but the film otherwise manages to find the levity, as well as the pathos, in the prospect of total annihilation.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 7, 2013
    Writer-director Todd Berger, improving his technique with his second feature-length credit following "The Scenesters," combines enough energetic performances with charged wit to make this one doomsday comedy that earns the right to its familiar backdrop.
  8. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 7, 2013
    The script excels at character-driven laughs, cerebral yet goofy, without resorting to sitcom stereotypes or genitalia-focused stupidity.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 7, 2013
    Audiences may not care about this gang when the party starts, but once the dust settles, you’ve gotta admit, they made for pretty good company.
  10. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Apr 18, 2013
    The humour may not be wickedly black, but once in a while it’s amusingly beige.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 18, 2013
    Quirky, funny and a little claustrophobic (by design), it’s confident enough in what it’s trying to accomplish to take the chance on the title. And what he’s trying to accomplish is ambitious.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 11, 2013
    The movie elicits knowing smiles more than laughs, even as it reveals a boundless observational awareness about the beefs and slights that, for the small-minded, must feel like everyday Armageddons.
  13. Reviewed by: Tina Hassannia
    Apr 5, 2013
    The film flirts with big ideas about adult relationships, but fails to locate any gravitas about its characters' existential or psychological crises.
  14. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 11, 2013
    Berger’s got some clever ideas, but he does not push far in exploring them. And aside from Cross, there is virtually no one to like among these self-involved suburbanites. After an hour alone with them, we can’t help wishing The End would just arrive.
  15. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 11, 2013
    The movie lurches from the improbably silly to the drearily so, while the characters remain so emotionally and psychologically divorced from life that they might as well be zombies or sitcom stick figures.
  16. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 11, 2013
    As far as I’m concerned, death couldn’t arrive quickly enough for these eight stereotypically self-absorbed Los Angelenos gathered for Sunday brunch at which the hosts (Blaise Miller, Erinn Hayes) plan to announce the demise of their marriage.
  17. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 9, 2013
    Berger’s script is little more than a series of contrived comic vignettes that prevent the actors from creating believable characters, forcing them to contort to fit the low-rent farce.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 14, 2013
    This movie is streaming on Netflix, perfect place to see it. I probably would have liked it a lot less if I'd spent money on it. But it was a great Friday night movie with my significant other. Lots of laughs in the movie, mixed with relationship issues that everyone has encountered one time or another. Full Review »
  2. Jun 7, 2013
    A solid script and overall good performances that made me laugh several times leads to a mild recommendation. You do wonder if you would act remotely the way these characters do in their situation. My guess not likely. Full Review »