(2001)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
The funniest film to come along since "South Park," and one that succeeds in a more difficult and satisfying way.
83
Entertainment Weekly
The easygoing silliness with which this late-summer movie surprise scuttles from mayhem to mayhem and the verve with which the cast throws itself into the fray are so cheering and liberating.
80
Time
It's a fine madness, full of jaunty desperation, survivable disasters and the kind of ferocious concentration on a really stupid idea that once propelled Wile E. Coyote.
80
Washington Post
Even though this will not go down as a great Zucker comedy, he has made Rat Race funnier than it could reasonably hope to be.
70
The good news is that this off-the-wall ensemble comedy may just be the summer's happiest surprise.
63
Boston Globe
A strong ending might have obscured the mediocrity in the writing, or at least diverted us, but the ending is sentimental where it needed to be hard-edged and comically merciless. For a film about people hurtling forward, Rat Race is pretty pedestrian.
40
Village Voice
Zucker's frenzied trifle is painless, with a few decent running gags -- and an ocean of bad ones.
40
For every inspired bit -- Templeton playing chauffeur to 40 I Love Lucy-era Lucille Ball impersonators -- there's one that falls spectacularly flat.
20
Variety
A lineup of comic actors running on empty long before the dust settles.
20
Wall Street Journal
This ripoff, directed by Jerry Zucker, has a few funny moments, but it's a sad sad sad sad example of what Hollywood is currently serving up -- and what audiences are swallowing -- as summer entertainment.

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