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  • Summary: A young couple battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Jun 4, 2013
    70
    Always amusing, if never screamingly funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Jun 6, 2013
    70
    Chris Matheson's script focuses its energy on small, wickedly funny gags, half of which Robinson seems to have sputtered out as improv.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jun 6, 2013
    50
    Rapture-Palooza has a promising setup and a cast with a good track record of bringing the funny, yet it never does live up to its potential.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jun 6, 2013
    40
    An amusing premise yields few yuks.
  6. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Jun 6, 2013
    38
    Its views on organized religion are so halfhearted and perfunctory as to make Kevin Smith's Dogma seem like a veritable master's class in theistic studies.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Aug 29, 2013
    7
    If you go into this expecting a serious film then look elsewhere. The film has some of the best comic actors in this generation, Craig Robinson is brilliant as usual and the supporting cast are excellent especially the always funny and underrated Rob Huebel. Anna Kendrick is gorgeous and plays her character very well. It has it's problems and some of the jokes fall flat, especially the talking crows which got old very fast. If you like films such as The Other Guys & Hot Tub Time Machine then this could be the film for you. It's not as polished or as funny as most Judd Apatow comedies but it is a very easy and fun film, It's also well paced. In conclusion it's a good movie, obviously not for everyone. After seeing the low rating I went in with low expectations but I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't marketed very well and that probably didn't help matters either. Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I laughed a lot at this movie. Start to finish. Seeing Craig Fergeson
    on the front cover seemed like a no brainer for me but after a quick
    internet search I had second thoughts, which turned out to be wrong.
    currently I believe IMDb scores this movie higher than sites like
    criticker and flixster, I am not sure why as I felt it was much better
    than the majority of comedies out there. Craig plays the anti-Christ
    which gives him the opportunity to flood us with crude, inappropriate
    one-liners every time he is on screen. There are also lots of other
    recognizable actors who mostly play what the movie refers to as
    "reapers", pot smoking half zombies with sarcastic humour. Good stuff.
    The two leads are straight enough characters that keep the movie
    grounded yet their reactions to some of the hilarious plagues early on
    in the movie made for some good laughs. Overall I laughed constantly
    and that is the point of a comedy so good job to this underrated gem.
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  3. Aug 17, 2013
    6
    I liked the cast in this film but the movie is just not as funny as it could be. It has its moments but most of them are shown in the trailer. It felt like the film had some promise and potential but due to a weak script that a whole cast of proven funny-makers can't make shine, the film doesn't live up to the the promise it had. Collapse
  4. Jun 18, 2013
    4
    Rapture Palooza is a movie with a sold cast but Robinson does not show us Bill and Ted's excellent adventure. Indeed, the script is stupid and does not live up to potential merits but I did laugh. Expand
  5. 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 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
  6. 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, 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

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