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Cedar Rapids Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 21, 2012
With "Cedar Rapids," the filmmakers seem to put too much faith in their material, thinking that it would be funny enough to carry the whole film without them having to put too much thought into the story. Sadly, they were quite mistaken.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
February 17, 2011
Ed Helms and company seem like they're mocking middle-America vanilla-ness, which is ripe for mocking, but they also want to embrace it with a cuddly ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel Hubschman
February 7, 2011
Though it has some heart, the film doesn't hit the funny bone like its trailer teased.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 25, 2011
Cedar Rapids can't decide if it wants to be an R-rated romp or much sweeter comedy-drama, and in the end, falls inadequately between the two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 11, 2011
When this mix of hopeful and edgy works, you get something like "Little Miss Sunshine." And when it doesn't, you get a cocktail with a bad smell, one part sunny to two parts vulgar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
March 14, 2011
Blobby hybrid of frat-dude slapstick and Alexander Payne-approved Middle America smirking
Matthew Razak
February 11, 2011
There's definitely plenty to laugh about in Cedar Rapids, there just isn't too much to applaud about.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
February 8, 2011
Ed Helms seeks post-Hangover glory as a meek Midwest insurance peddler out of his depth, but John C. Reilly steals this patchy wild-weekend farce as Mr. Bad Example.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Boslaugh
February 21, 2011
... not nearly as funny or insightful as it thinks it is, but I will say this for Phil Johnston's script: it runs like clockwork right down to the crises which show up predictably at 30 and 60 minutes in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Brian Orndorf
March 1, 2011
The least this tepid comedy could do is provide a vibrant sense of humor. Instead, it's a riff-heavy, wildly formulaic modern comedy that uses stereotypes and improvisations in a gentle, but tedious manner to bring the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brandon Fibbs
February 11, 2011
The word "meh" was coined for films such as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Sean O'Connell
February 25, 2011
Doesn't ask its cast to detour too far from personalities they've played in past projects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jackie K. Cooper
March 22, 2011
Raunchy dialogue hides a sweet center, but the movie never really comes to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 11, 2011
The Hangover cast member can't quite carry a feature on his own. This one is not all that funny anyway, and its comic elements eventually become redundant
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 28, 2011
Plenty of passing laughs, but some coarse overacting, not to mention a phoned-in, Capra-esque message of singular banality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Pulver
April 28, 2011
Cedar Rapids slowly squanders its apparently fruitful set-up, heading towards a weak, sappy ending that tries for sweetness, but leaves a sickly saccharine aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 9, 2011
This crude aping of every hack from Judd Apatow to the Farrelly brothers represents the worst of what is happening in film today...
| Original Score: 1/4
Stephanie Zacharek
February 9, 2011
It's a movie that needs to look down its nose for its laughs, which generally isn't the best place to find them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
February 11, 2011
It's a reliable set-up for farce, but somehow Cedar Rapids never breaks free of its influences to establish its own rhythm.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 11, 2011
The trouble with embarrassment comedies is we don't all squirm at the same places.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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