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Rapture-Palooza (2013)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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When the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured up to heaven, Lindsey (Kendrick) and her boyfriend Ben (Daley) are left behind in suburban Seattle. The young couple try their best to lead a normal life surrounded by talking locusts, blood rain showers, and pot-smoking wraiths. But when the Anti-Christ (Robinson) makes his home base in their neighborhood, Lindsey finds herself the object of his affection. With the help of her family, friends, and a lawn-mowing zombie


Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Chris Matheson

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (14)

An amusing premise yields few yuks.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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[An] almost endearingly silly amuse bouche of a comedy depicting how the End of Days might play out in Seattle ...

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It never does live up to its potential, instead becoming bogged down in a repellent character who is supposed to be savagely satirical but is really just tediously crass.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The laughs are consistent and the cast (including Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer and Ken Jeong as a very petty God) is a riot.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Matheson's script focuses its energy on small, wickedly funny gags, half of which Robinson seems to have sputtered out as improv.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Should please those who own Shaun of the Dead on Blu-ray, and can quote one-liners from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the novel, not the film).

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Rapture-Palooza is borderline-heartbreaking in its wasted potential.

August 21, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

For a film about the apocalypse, Matheson's script felt a little bit too bland and mundane. Who would have thought the rapture could be so boring?

June 16, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

In a post-South Park world, lazy execution of a ribald, potentially controversial concept will not suffice -- especially not when the apocalypse is being handled with much more wit, vim and verve just across the megaplex.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Judgment day comedy is low on laughs, high on raunchy jokes.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Matheson aims to build a farce, but the feature doesn't follow his lead, blowing some interesting asides of insanity on trendy, flaccid riffing.

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source:

Rapture-Palooza assembles a reliable cast of comics and then proceeds to saddle them with truly middling material.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Sure, there are elements that don't work...but for the most part, 'Rapture-palooza' offers a lot of good, goofy stuff.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell

There are a few good, R-rated laughs, thanks largely to a cast that makes the most of the material at hand. Still, it ends up being more amusing than outright hilarious.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

I wanted more satire, less booty humor. And the film really needed a more-engaged heroine. Kendrick goes so laid back that she looks like she's about to fall asleep.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source:

Its views on organized religion are so halfhearted and perfunctory as to make Kevin Smith's Dogma seem like a veritable master's class in theistic studies.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Normally 'Palooza' means fun.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye

Where's Kirk Cameron when you need him?

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Audience Reviews for Rapture-Palooza

December 16, 2013
Directors Cat
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A brilliant idea but very poorly produced. The budget is low but what they do with it is impressive, the special effects are very good but not unnecessary or overdone (which they could have been). The idea is so clever though, it is such a shame they couldn't have polished up the script a little better. I loved the characters; the Mum who gets kicked out of heaven for arguing in the queue, the atheists who just carry on among the blood rain and meteors, the demons who are left behind who turn to drugs, the talking locusts, it's all very dry and witty. Only the Craig Robinson scenes are overlong and a bit too heavy handed. I like the way that atheists are portrayed as well, after all, this is for them. As one myself, I very much appreciated it. You have the atheists who have thought about it and don't believe and then you have the people who just haven't given it any real thought, there is a huge difference. The argument with God and the Antichrist is brilliant because it's not over done or nonsensical, it visualises God's word and the scriptures and shows it for the ridiculous idea that it is without having to poke fun at it. If you believe it is offensive and ridiculous I suggest you re-read the bible. Anyway, belief aside, it's a great idea but like I said, not brilliantly produced with a notable lull in the middle. Worth it though if the idea appeals.
November 25, 2013

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A match made in hell.

Good comedy! Let me start off by saying there's no need to go see this in the theater. It's Netflix material, for a rainy day or when you want something light and entertaining. "Rapture-Palooza" is the type of comedy that might not be suitable for just anyone. Especially if you are a devout religious fanatic. "Rapture-Palooza" takes on the rapture and biblical issues with a sarcastic and hilarious glove and just slaps it around. The movie was just fun and I constantly found myself laughing out loud despite the lack of complexity in the humor.

Two teens battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.
November 5, 2013
Manu Gino

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three stars
June 18, 2013
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    1. Ben House: Let her go, Anti-Christ!
    2. The Beast: I killed Jimmy Neutron!
    – Submitted by John * (14 months ago)
    1. God: You barbecued my son.
    2. Ben House: I panicked. I laser-beamed him. I beamed Jesus. I'm so sorry.
    – Submitted by John * (14 months ago)
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