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Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 21, 2011
    83
    Catechism sometimes feels intentionally obscure, much like Rohal's last movie. It's essentially a hilariously brazen lark, which is reason enough to embrace it.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 19, 2011
    83
    If The Catechism Cataclysm does have something to say, it's that it's possible to enjoy a trip even when it isn't really going anywhere.
  3. Reviewed by: Paul Brunick
    Oct 18, 2011
    60
    A lot of the fun in The Catechism Cataclysm, a horror-comic head trip from the writer-director Todd Rohal ("The Guatemalan Handshake"), comes in the form of silly, strange line deliveries: nonsense songs in strained falsetto, crisply over-articulated cuss words, syllables distended into schoolyard taunts.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Oct 16, 2011
    50
    The film is an 80-minute shaggy-dog story about the seductive power of storytelling and the weird places it can transport us; too bad writer- director Todd Rohal doesn't take us any place worth going.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 18, 2011
    40
    So it's no surprise that what starts out as a beer-soaked cringe comedy about stunted masculinity ends up deep in the woods with noise-loving Japanese tourists and exploding craniums - or that such detours into psychotronic oddity for its own sake can make even a 75-minute running time feel like an eternity.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 3, 2011
    30
    A grating and witless would-be spoof of religion, male-bonding and, it seems, horror movies.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 18, 2011
    30
    Taking the notion of toilet humor literally but incapable of delivering its promised religious satire, The Catechism Cataclysm is more muddled than its tongue-twister title.
  8. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    Oct 16, 2011
    30
    Not so much blasphemous as just outrageous for the hell of it.
  9. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Oct 16, 2011
    30
    In the curious absence of religious satire, toilet humor isn't enough to constitute comedy, while the leads' grating performances make 81 minutes feel eternal.

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