Rapture-Palooza

User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27

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  1. Jun 7, 2013
    3
    A solid cast and a promising, funny opening 20 or so minutes are all but squandered as soon as Craig Robinson's Anit-Christ officially makes his entrance into the film. It's not necessarily his fault, his foul-mouthed, man-child of a character is just severely underwritten, barely qualifying as a character and more a machine that spits out the same three lines ad nauseum, with only slightA solid cast and a promising, funny opening 20 or so minutes are all but squandered as soon as Craig Robinson's Anit-Christ officially makes his entrance into the film. It's not necessarily his fault, his foul-mouthed, man-child of a character is just severely underwritten, barely qualifying as a character and more a machine that spits out the same three lines ad nauseum, with only slight alterations to their structure. If he was a minor character, not a big deal, but Rapture-Palooza instantly becomes entirely about him the moment he steps on the scene. Craig Robinson deserves better material. Then again, no character in the film is particularly well-written (another victim of poor-writing is Ana Gasteyer, forced to screech and cry her way through some seriously unamusing scenes), but there are a few standout performers who elevate their one-note personas above their thankless characterizations. Rob Huebel, Thomas Lennon, Ken Jeong, and Paul Scheer are the only reasons to bother watching the second half of the film, as seemingly every funny thing the writer (Chris Matheson) could think of is frontloaded in the first twenty minutes. Paul Middleditch, the director, might deserve more of the blame though. His lack of experience with comedy and obvious over-reliance on his performers may be what truly undermined a decent script. In any case, a much better, similarly themed recent film to watch would be Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. If you need to watch Rapture-Palooza I would suggest only watching it if you're incredibly stoned, but it's instantly forgettable either way. Expand
  2. Sep 4, 2013
    1
    Given the seeming lack of commitment by the actors to give the story more life, it becomes a stupid attempt at satire! What's with the cursing crows? Chris Matheson could have at least researched more on the apocalypse, but then again where would the satire lie eh? Ignorance IS satire! This would have been a more acceptable fail if Paul Middleditch worked with some unknown actors. I mean,Given the seeming lack of commitment by the actors to give the story more life, it becomes a stupid attempt at satire! What's with the cursing crows? Chris Matheson could have at least researched more on the apocalypse, but then again where would the satire lie eh? Ignorance IS satire! This would have been a more acceptable fail if Paul Middleditch worked with some unknown actors. I mean, where's the fun in watching Craig Robinson ad-libbing the dialogue of a senseless man-child beast? And an emotional Ana Gasteyer from the time you see her until you stop seeing her why is her character even there? And Anna Kendrick! That role should have been given to some struggling actress wanting to hit the big screen! Seriously! She is a great actor, and seeing her deliver this role with no sense of urgency is really unforgivable! The plot is going nowhere and the only performance I enjoyed was from John Francis Daley. At least his character is trying to make it through the apocalypse, and trying to save the one he loves. At least that makes sense. Oh and by the way, the whole movie is so passionately offensive in it's delivery of Christian theology. Expand
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Aug 20, 2013
    30
    The film overflows with inspired comic ideas that fizzle and die in execution like a marathon fireworks display of nothing but duds.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jun 9, 2013
    50
    More irrelevant than irreverent, the unworthy script from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’s” Chris Matheson might play to apocalyptically stoned college kids, but offers nothing in the way of broader social satire, suggesting the waste of a perfectly good Reckoning — not to mention the talents of a cast far funnier than the doom-and-gloom results suggest.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 6, 2013
    50
    Silly enough for you? Did I mention that the immortal Ken Jeong of “The Hangover’’ plays God, who gets mighty pissed when hubby accidentally shoots Jesus out of the sky?