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Rat Race Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
Fitfully amusing farce.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 4, 2001
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 27, 2001
An overheated, underdone farce.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 21, 2001
A few decent running gags ... and an ocean of bad ones.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
August 17, 2001
Race, which delights in bashing all manner of transportation, hits its silly stride early and never shifts into a higher gear.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 17, 2001
It's a mad mad mad mad world, all right, and Rat Race makes it seem all the zanier.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 17, 2001
Rat Race is much funnier than most comedies currently in release -- compared with American Pie 2 ... But ultimately it falls just short of the finish line.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 17, 2001
The funniest film to come along since South Park.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 17, 2001
These people, and the actors who play them, work so very hard that just watching them tires you out.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 17, 2001
Rat Race is like being locked in a car trunk for two hours with a marching band playing the collected hits of Spike Jones.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 17, 2001
Zucker, who's been dabbling in tearjerkers like Ghost for the past decade, is a little rusty.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 17, 2001
The movie is so cheerfully, furiously relentless, its contagious silliness wears you down.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 17, 2001
Expert comic performers and a broad script that avoids mean-spiritedness create surprising laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
August 17, 2001
If you don't think Hollywood movies have gone all soft in the head and heart, compare the sticky sweet ending of this with the finale to It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 17, 2001
Take a couple of laughs here, a couple of smirks there, and the conclusion is obvious: If ever there was a movie designed with the fast-forward button in mind, Rat Race is the one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
August 17, 2001
Terminally dumb, noisy and tasteless, Rat Race is the quintessential big-studio August movie, one for the summer season's dumping ground.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 17, 2001
Hollywood Squares remake of Mad World.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 17, 2001
The sight gags are too few and far between and the characters, in varying degrees, all seem pale refugees from sitcomland.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 17, 2001
There are no winners in Rat Race, only a lineup of comic actors running on empty long before the dust settles.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 16, 2001
Rat Race chooses to rehash the worst aspect of Mad, Mad World, downgrading the experience from mindless to dreadful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
August 16, 2001
Zucker and Breckman get more than enough humor out of sharp set pieces and smartly scripted character clashes to sprint all the way to the finish line.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 16, 2001
With alarmingly few exceptions ... nothing that occurs can remotely be construed as humorous.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
August 16, 2001
Is about as amusing as a Holocaust documentary.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 16, 2001
It's a bad, bad, bad, bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 16, 2001
That so much energy and talent could be squandered on such idiocy says loads about the state of Hollywood today.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 16, 2001
A mixed bag that's a perfect fit for this summer of mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 16, 2001
This thing's a gas.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
August 16, 2001
A few gags are too inspired for Rat Race to be lumped in with the recent spate of wretched comedies. But it also includes too many broad, shrill and gratuitously vulgar moments to be defended without apologies.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 14, 2001
Funnier than it could reasonably hope to be.
| Original Score: 4/5
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
August 10, 2001
Rat Race has swell stunts and special effects and enough laughs of all kinds to recover from its less successful episodes.