Rat Race
Rat Race (2001)

A very loose remake of the classic multi-star comedy It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), this madcap comedy is directed by Jerry Zucker, one third of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker comedy team and director of Ghost (1990). John Cleese… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 17, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rat Race moves from one sight gag to another, but only a handful of them are genuinely funny.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Fitfully amusing farce.

Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

Race, which delights in bashing all manner of transportation, hits its silly stride early and never shifts into a higher gear.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Vulgar and lowbrow, but very funny.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

An overheated, underdone farce.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It's a mad mad mad mad world, all right, and Rat Race makes it seem all the zanier.

Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Ruthlessly dumb people--but funny, too.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

A few decent running gags ... and an ocean of bad ones.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Rat Race is much funnier than most comedies currently in release -- compared with American Pie 2 ... But ultimately it falls just short of the finish line.

Emanuel Levy

Manic, messy, and for the most part silly, this road comedy marks Zucker's bumpy return to the genre after a number of equally bumpy dramas such as First Knight.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
It's often the case that the individual members of a creative team cannot match the success or acclaim of their collective outputs when it comes to their… More
Directors Cat
I think because Jerry Zucker's other films Airpane and The Naked Gun didn't really have any genuinely good actors and just got straight to the gags… More
Film Crazy
I love this movie and i always have! It has a star studded cast and maybe not the most complicated or even much to the storyline, but still very much… More
Lady D'arbanville
A full star cast with a fun race and bet, great characters - although I don't think I will ever enjoy Rowan Atkinson being Mr Bean like in mostly… More
Alex roy
Rat Race is a good enough that has enough effective comedic moments to make this a film worth watching. For a remake, this film wasn't too bad, but it… More
Bethany Murphy
There's no other words except outrageously funny!