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The Rapture (1991)

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An audacious film about faith, The Rapture is a contemporary fantasy that keeps its feet unnervingly planted in reality even as reality starts to collapse. Mimi Rogers, in a strikingly accomplished performance, stars as Sharon, a telephone operator who spends her off-hours engaging in casual group sex to blot out her boredom. By chance, she becomes aware of a small Christian sect whose members believe that they have found a child with the gift of prophecy who has seen the upcoming end times.

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Nov 2, 2004

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (9) | DVD (9)

Somewhat full-of-itself but bizarrely intriguing allegory.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

An interestinbg if problematic film, whose last reel breaks free from the narrative to take on a more primitive line that recalls episodes out of TV's Outer limits or Twlight Zone.

November 1, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Rogers excels in a provocative, unsettling drama.

November 11, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Rapture is not ostensibly a horror film, but I found it deeply frightening, and it is so on a purely conceptual level.

October 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Is Tolkin really that much better than an ersatz Larry Cohen?

November 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The very title evokes slippery visions of both spirit and sex.

November 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

one of the most egregiously overlooked movies of the 1990s

September 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Bizarre and memorable

December 17, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

One of those flawed jewels that keeps tickling (and troubling) your memory for years.

August 15, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Engrossing film about sin, salvation and the End Times.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Rubbishy religious tract of a horror flick tarted up as 'art.'

October 22, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A film that boldly goes where few films have gone before

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

The Rapture at first plays like a religious propaganda film and later a misconceived parable with bad special effects

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

Audience Reviews for The Rapture

1. ecstatic joy or delight. 2. a state of extreme sexual ecstasy. 3. the feeling of being transported to another sphere of existence. 4. the experience of being spirited away to Heaven just before the Apocalypse.
December 15, 2009
ScoopOnline
Wahida K

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This turned out to be a ham-fisted and theologically suspect film about a possible scenario at the end of the age, utilizing a lot of the imagery and the narrative as found in the book of The Revelation of John. Mimi Rogers was very good as Sharon, a woman who finds God when her empty, hedonistic lifestyle bottoms out. Her quest for meaning for her life was fairly well portrayed although this viewer found her modesty a bit off putting, if she was supposed to be that into the swinging lifestyle. (Must have had a no nudity clause in her contract.) The performance of David Duchovny struck this viewer as pretty wooden and left one wondering how he went from interested skeptic to heart-felt believer. One also found oneself wondering about the connections between some of the characters. A little more back story would have lifted a bit of the fog surrounding them. And the loss of faith at the end seemed unnecessarily melodramatic. But, even with its many flaws, there was a lot to chew on here and for that it gets an otherwise undeserved third star.
June 7, 2011
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

I think I like it conceptually more than the actual execution. The middle portion isn't all that dramatically interesting, the stylistic choices are laughable on occasion and not all the performances work but there is something horrifying about allowing the Christian Fundamentalist view of end times to play out as they believe it will . . . in so doing Tolkin demonstrates how theologically flawed and morally repugnant their beliefs are. The fact that the film is willing to engage those it criticizes it admirable, and its probably why I still feel its effective despite the narrative problems I have.
October 18, 2012
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

Feels like a parody or a bible-belt propaganda piece for the bulk of its duration and then very nearly redeems itself with a very powerful closing scene. A conversion flick this is definitely not.
November 16, 2011
Hellshocked
Eduardo C

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