• Released
  • October 19, 2011
  • (NY; LA 11/4)
  • 1 hr 21 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Comedy
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83

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
If The Catechism Cataclysm does have something to say, it's that it's possible to enjoy a trip even when it isn't really going anywhere.
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Catechism sometimes feels intentionally obscure, much like Rohal's last movie. It's essentially a hilariously brazen lark, which is reason enough to embrace it.
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60

The New York Times

A lot of the fun in The Catechism Cataclysm, a horror-comic head trip from the writer-director Todd Rohal ("The Guatemalan Handshake"), comes in the form of silly, strange line deliveries: nonsense songs in strained falsetto, crisply over-articulated cuss words, syllables distended into schoolyard taunts.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Simon Abrams
The film is an 80-minute shaggy-dog story about the seductive power of storytelling and the weird places it can transport us; too bad writer- director Todd Rohal doesn't take us any place worth going.
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
So it's no surprise that what starts out as a beer-soaked cringe comedy about stunted masculinity ends up deep in the woods with noise-loving Japanese tourists and exploding craniums - or that such detours into psychotronic oddity for its own sake can make even a 75-minute running time feel like an eternity.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
Not so much blasphemous as just outrageous for the hell of it.
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30

Variety

By Rob Nelson
In the curious absence of religious satire, toilet humor isn't enough to constitute comedy, while the leads' grating performances make 81 minutes feel eternal.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
A grating and witless would-be spoof of religion, male-bonding and, it seems, horror movies.
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30

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
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.
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47 out of 100
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