• R, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:    Todd Berger
  • In Theaters:    Apr 12, 2013 Limited
  • On DVD:    Jun 4, 2013
  • Oscilloscope Laboratories

It's a Disaster Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 15, 2014

A unique twist on a tired genre turns into a tired twist on a unique genre.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
February 16, 2014

Full of ingenuity and genuine surprises, this movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 12, 2014

A more witty, nuanced, subtle, adult version of "This is the End."

Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 29, 2013

A smart character-driven droll comedy disaster pic.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013

The title does not describe the quality of this low-budget dark comedy.

Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 29, 2013

A quirky comedy of manners about the last party you would ever want to attend.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 25, 2013

If you can look past the awkwardness of humor based on being unexpectedly trapped in a house during a major emergency, it's an acutely observed, frequently funny piece of work.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine
April 19, 2013

While Berger's approach to satire and social commentary is somewhat scattershot, his reference-heavy dialogue is sharp enough to allow each cast member to make an impression.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 19, 2013

Berger's one to watch.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
April 19, 2013

The humour may not be wickedly black, but once in a while it's amusingly beige.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
April 18, 2013

You certainly wouldn't want to spend your last moments with this bunch, but a couple of hours watching them is enjoyable enough.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
April 18, 2013

Berger peppers the dialogue with enough clever lines and observational humor about the nature of relationships and human fallibility to make for an entertaining and darkly comic film.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
April 18, 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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 17, 2013

"It's a Disaster" wouldn't be a bad choice for the last movie you see before life on Earth comes to a crashing halt.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
April 12, 2013

Dark end-of-the-world comedy is witty but mature.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 12, 2013

A character-driven drama that mixes humor and seriousness when eight people are forced to take stock of their options as a nerve-gas cloud heads their way.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
April 12, 2013

The apocalypse is the catalyst for a dissection of modern self-absorption; there's nothing like a major disaster to rouse you from a technologically-induced zombie state.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
April 12, 2013

It's not laugh-out-loud hysterical, but the ensemble -- Cross and the always-amusing Hayes in particular -- establishes a just-zany-enough rapport that's enjoyable rather than irritating.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
April 12, 2013

Berger never takes the camera more than a few yards outside the house, but that's fine; there's plenty going on inside, as characters carom off each other like billiard balls, slipping down pockets of misunderstanding and jealousy.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
April 12, 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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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