Cedar Rapids Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 27, 2011
More man-child high-jinks in a comedy which seems to be looking down its nose at smalltown America's terminally unhip, but proves good-hearted and delivers enough laughter to seal the deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 28, 2011
These folk are undistinguished yet distinctive, and the film, for all the familiar grind of its plotting, pays them their honest due.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 18, 2011
Considering it has to do with infidelity, bribery, drugs, drinking, loutish behavior, fraud and prostitution, Cedar Rapids is really kind of a sweet movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 18, 2011
Cedar Rapids takes an inordinate number of wrong turns, but it also has an inordinate number of good laughs mixed in with the not-so-good ones.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 18, 2011
In the dying days of an era when "big city" has been a relative term, the sales-convention comedy "Cedar Rapids" is a loving tribute to American innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 17, 2011
It's yet another comedy that's trying too hard to sell something past its date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 17, 2011
Helms delivers a performance of touching delicacy, one almost as remarkable as that of Tom Hanks in Big.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 17, 2011
Like a slightly twisted, modern-day Frank Capra fable...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 17, 2011
I imagine the director, Miguel Arteta, is the reason the movie succeeds as well as it does. He mutes the obnoxiousness and concentrates on the performances, nearly all of which are excellent and marked by a sense of real camaraderie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 17, 2011
A really entertaining effort, aided by some terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 12, 2011
Cedar Rapids is a quirky comedy that crossbreeds two common cinematic staples: the mismatched buddy movie and the fish-out-of-water scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
February 12, 2011
Such sweetness makes the raunch in this honestly funny movie even funnier.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 11, 2011
When this mix of hopeful and edgy works, you get something like "Little Miss Sunshine." And when it doesn't, you get a cocktail with a bad smell, one part sunny to two parts vulgar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 11, 2011
Terrific ensemble cast in a smart, funny, sometimes sweet little film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 11, 2011
Sure, it may make you uncomfortable while you laugh. But only if you've gotten a little too comfortable laughing at small-town squares.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 11, 2011
The movie belongs to Helms and Reilly, ringleaders who barely seem to notice that the script from Phil Johnston favors easy jokes and obvious setups. They, and the others, give this minor movie major heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
February 11, 2011
The gifted Reilly is now almost principally a comedic actor -- and with good reason. He's the most lovable of goof balls, with his eyes rolling around his sockets crazily and a voice that sounds drunk even when it's sober.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 11, 2011
These corn-fed Rotarians are such a cuddly bunch, and the movie's barbs are so pudding-soft, that it's not hard to get caught up in all the gee-whizzery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2011
Screenwriter Phil Johnston gets a surprising amount of comic mileage from the familiar premise of staid Rotary Club types getting crazy in a strange town, and there are some decent laughs from Helms's fellow conventioneers and partners in crime.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2011
Miguel Arteta's comedy takes a while to find its mojo, but gets there eventually with humanity and heart.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 11, 2011
Cedar Rapids is both hilarious and heartfelt. It's also powered by a dream cast, led by the outstanding Ed Helms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 11, 2011
Helms's gifts still seem better suited for the small, situation-based set pieces he has done on "The Office" and "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 11, 2011
The trouble with embarrassment comedies is we don't all squirm at the same places.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 10, 2011
Through the sites and through the attitudes of the characters, and between the words they say, you get an appreciation of how people live and think in that unexplored territory known as the Midwest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 10, 2011
The main thing about "Cedar Rapids" is that it makes you laugh-often and out loud.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2011
Though the comedy in "Cedar Rapids" is Arteta's broadest yet, the film reflects the care he takes with his cast, the sort that helped reveal an acting depth no one suspected from Jennifer Aniston in 2002's "The Good Girl."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 10, 2011
This is a Frank Capra-meets-Judd Apatow comedy with a sweetness-laced ribaldry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 10, 2011
The jokes sing as well as zing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 10, 2011
Cedar Rapids is agreeable, but no wands are waved. And it's amusing, but not knee-slappingly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 10, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
February 10, 2011
The less uptight... will have an amusing enough time... and some might even be glad that here Arteta's removed enough edge from his man-child hero that there's no chance of any of his quirks resonating in one's head...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 10, 2011
Modest in every way, the screenplay by Phil Johnston is enjoyable in the telling even when the details smack of contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 10, 2011
The film's director, Miguel Arteta, understands that real laughter grows from characters. He has a rich start with Lippe, played by Helms as a man who is thrilled even to go through security at the airport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 9, 2011
If it resembles an inflated pilot episode for a raunchy sitcom more than a motion picture, at least it looks like a show that won't bore you or insult your intelligence.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 9, 2011
Within the structure of a conventional, well-built comedy fable about an innocent among bigger-city sophisticates - a screenplay bull's-eye for relative newcomer (and native Wisconsinite) Phil Johnston - is something truly original.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 9, 2011
This crude aping of every hack from Judd Apatow to the Farrelly brothers represents the worst of what is happening in film today...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Fear
Time Out
February 9, 2011
Ping-pongs between empathetic chuckles at Helms's charming social awkwardness and putting him through a raunchfest ringer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 8, 2011
A mild comedy of embarrassment, set in the dark heart of Middle America.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 7, 2011
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.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 25, 2011
Helms is at his best when reacting to others, which is one of the reasons he has made such an effective ensemble player in recent years.