The Catechism Cataclysm Reviews

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John Gholson
Cinematical
February 9, 2012
It's a very dumb comedy made by very smart folks.

Boston Phoenix
November 1, 2011
A priest and a washed-up heavy metal drummer step into a boat. . . . This isn't the start of a joke, but rather the plot of Todd Rohal's strange IFC film.
Top Critic
October 20, 2011
William and Robbie's adventure has a shaggy-dog charm that's hard to resist.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 20, 2011
Even after the movie takes its turn for the surreal, it remains rooted in the reactions of slack-faced good guy Little and the gruff-but-loveable Longstreet.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Paul Brunick
New York Times
October 18, 2011
Weird and well-acted...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 17, 2011
It's essentially a hilariously brazen lark, which is reason enough to embrace it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 1, 2011
Catechism Cataclysm ain't perfect, but people in the, um, right frame of mind will definitely have a big, dopey grin on their face.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 10, 2014
...it's ultimately impossible to walk away from The Catechism Cataclysm feeling that it could (and should) have been much, much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
A lot of it is tedious and directionless.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
November 4, 2011
As a professional preacher, I could appreciate (the film) to some degree as a satiric take on storytelling in both religious and secular circles. Sorry to say, that's about as far as my appreciation goes.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2011
A grating and witless would-be spoof of religion, male-bonding and, it seems, horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
October 18, 2011
Such detours into psychotronic oddity for its own sake can make even a 75-minute running time feel like an eternity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 18, 2011
Taking the notion of toilet humor literally but incapable of delivering its promised religious satire, The Catechism Cataclysm is more muddled than its tongue-twister title.
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
October 16, 2011
While the ending to any shaggy-dog story is supposed to be irrelevant, The Catechism Cataclysm's capper is particularly enervating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
June 20, 2011
rather than use this premise as a set up for bible satire, the film relies on diarrhea jokes and uninspired buddy-bonding to carry us through an ill-plotted tale of damnation and redemption
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2011
It seems hopelessly without a point - unless the point has something to do with dropping a Bible into a dirty toilet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David D'Arcy
Screen International
April 4, 2011
Watching the lazy surreal odyssey unfold, you might be tempted to see The Catechism Cataclysm as a metaphor about telling a story, or about the futility of telling a story.
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix
November 5, 2011
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