• 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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Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine
April 5, 2013

The film flirts with big ideas about adult relationships, but fails to locate any gravitas about its characters' existential or psychological crises.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 12, 2013

An uneven, underwritten amalgam of comedy, drama and suspense that fails to pack a comedic, emotional or intellectual punch.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.85/10
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 19, 2013

Despite the strength of his writing and his cast, Berger still falters when it comes to the final act.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic
April 11, 2013

An underbaked comedy about eight people facing their mortality.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
October 18, 2012

There's something about It's a Disaster that's ripe with potential, but a slack atmosphere populated with overeager actors grows tiring, lessening interest in their ultimate fate.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
April 18, 2013

You need better dialogue than Berger supplies to help It's a Disaster make a liar out of its title.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dan Jardine
January 12, 2014

As visually interesting as nuclear fallout.

Full Review | Original Score: 44/100
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
April 12, 2013

[A] practically laugh-free vanity comedy with C-listers facing the apocalypse in the form of a nerve-gas attack on Los Angeles.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
April 9, 2013

Todd Berger's misguided black comedy should come with a complimentary hazmat suit for how poisonously unfunny it is.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
April 11, 2013

Berger's got some clever ideas, but he does not push far in exploring them. And aside from Cross, there is virtually no one to like among these self-involved suburbanites.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Katie Walsh
The Playlist
April 1, 2013

It's A Disaster takes on a topic that's on everyone's minds, and twists it into a darkly hilarious dramedy with heart.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
Top Critic
April 10, 2013

Perhaps the first great indie apocalypse potluck comedy.

Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
April 1, 2013

There are plenty more surprises in store for the couples who brunch and the lucky audiences who get to watch them do so.

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

Full of ingenuity and genuine surprises, this movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
April 11, 2013

A darkly comic crowd-pleaser built around a strong cast and sharp writing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kirk Honeycutt
July 13, 2012

A pitch-perfect black comedy, catching just the right tone of people blowing small things out of proportion when a really big thing, like Armageddon, is happening.

Full Review | Original Score: 8
Robert Levin
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
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
April 11, 2013

The end of the world seems like not such a bad thing in Todd Berger's gleefully acidic satire about an awkward brunch that turns into a countdown to actual disaster.

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