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It's a Disaster Reviews

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 12, 2013
A character-driven drama that mixes humor and seriousness when eight people are forced to take stock of their options as a nerve-gas cloud heads their way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
April 12, 2013
The apocalypse is the catalyst for a dissection of modern self-absorption; there's nothing like a major disaster to rouse you from a technologically-induced zombie state.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
April 12, 2013
It's not laugh-out-loud hysterical, but the ensemble -- Cross and the always-amusing Hayes in particular -- establishes a just-zany-enough rapport that's enjoyable rather than irritating.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 12, 2013
Berger never takes the camera more than a few yards outside the house, but that's fine; there's plenty going on inside, as characters carom off each other like billiard balls, slipping down pockets of misunderstanding and jealousy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2013
The movie elicits knowing smiles more than laughs, even as it reveals a boundless observational awareness about the beefs and slights that, for the small-minded, must feel like everyday Armageddons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 12, 2013
[A] practically laugh-free vanity comedy with C-listers facing the apocalypse in the form of a nerve-gas attack on Los Angeles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 11, 2013
An underbaked comedy about eight people facing their mortality.
| Original Score: 2/5
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April 11, 2013
For most of the way, it's clever and smartly proportioned, with the action confined to one well-exploited location and gags about love, the curdling of long-term friendships and petty social mores popping off everywhere.
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
April 11, 2013
The end of the world seems like not such a bad thing in Todd Berger's gleefully acidic satire about an awkward brunch that turns into a countdown to actual disaster.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 11, 2013
Berger's got some clever ideas, but he does not push far in exploring them. And aside from Cross, there is virtually no one to like among these self-involved suburbanites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 11, 2013
A darkly comic crowd-pleaser built around a strong cast and sharp writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 11, 2013
It's A Disaster is lively and assured before a third-act twist takes the film in an even more bracingly bleak direction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
April 10, 2013
Perhaps the first great indie apocalypse potluck comedy.
Caryn James
James on screenS
April 10, 2013
An offbeat little gem of a black-comedy that plays much better than it sounds. The deft screenplay and straight-faced comic actors make a familar premise feel fresh.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 9, 2013
Todd Berger's misguided black comedy should come with a complimentary hazmat suit for how poisonously unfunny it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 9, 2013
Imagine THE BIG CHILL crossed with RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR. Cleverly written and well-acted. If you like your comedy ultra-dark, this is worth checking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine
April 5, 2013
The film flirts with big ideas about adult relationships, but fails to locate any gravitas about its characters' existential or psychological crises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
April 1, 2013
It's a Disaster caustically asserts that even the most foolhardy relationships are prone to spontaneously erupt.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Debruge
Variety
April 1, 2013
A smart, character-driven chamber play in which the cataclysmic offscreen event escalates the tensions between four already testy pairs.
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Katie Walsh
The Playlist
April 1, 2013
It's A Disaster takes on a topic that's on everyone's minds, and twists it into a darkly hilarious dramedy with heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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